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Success! Sophat from Cambodia raised $464 to fund a myringoplasty so he can hear well.

Sophat
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$464
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Fully funded
Sophat's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2021.

Photo of Sophat post-operation

October 8, 2021

Sophat underwent a life-changing myringoplasty surgery to restore his hearing.

Sophat had a successful operation to repair his eardrum at Children’s Surgical Centre. Sophat will no longer have pain or ear discharge, and his hearing will improve as his chronic infection disappears. He’s hopeful to have improved communication with colleagues and looks forward to returning to work.

Sophat said, “I am so happy that I will no longer have ear infections, and I can go to work again. I will be able to make money again to support my mother. Thank you for helping me so that I can hear again.”

Sophat had a successful operation to repair his eardrum at Children's Surgical Centre. Sophat will no longer have pain or ear discharge, and...

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August 23, 2021

Sophat is a 28-year-old mechanic. His father passed away when he was young, so he lives with his mother and takes care of her. In addition to working as a mechanic, he also grows vegetables to sell. When he is not working, he likes to ride motorbikes, play sports, and watch the news on television.

When he was 14 years old, Sophat had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. Now, Sophat experiences pain, hearing loss, and discharge from the ear. He has difficulty working, taking care of his mother, and communicating with others.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Sophat finally receive treatment. He traveled to CSC and, on August 23rd, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During the procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Now, CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This will cover the cost of the medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Sophat shared, “I hope after surgery my ear will become healthy, and I can hear well and feel no pain. I will be able to work more and feel good when I make more money to support my living and my mom.”

Sophat is a 28-year-old mechanic. His father passed away when he was young, so he lives with his mother and takes care of her. In addition t...

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Sophat's Timeline

  • August 23, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sophat was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophat received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • August 25, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophat's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Sophat's treatment
Hospital Fees
$78
Medical Staff
$385
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A myringoplasty is the closure of the perforation of the tympanic membrane in the ear. This surgery is performed when a patient has a perforated eardrum, certain types of hearing loss, and chronic otitis media (middle ear infection). A bilateral myringoplasty will be performed when a patient has otitis media on both sides. Patients experience difficulty hearing and communicating, in addition to chronic infection and daily ear discharge.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The patient has difficulty hearing and experiences daily pain and ear discharge. These symptoms make it difficult to attend school or work regularly.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Many people in Cambodia are unaware that medical help is available for ear, nose, and throat (ENT) conditions. In rural villages, if a young child has trouble hearing, it may be assumed that he or she is deaf. For this reason, that child may not attend school.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A myringoplasty is the closure of the perforation of the tympanic membrane. The temporalis fascia is grafted. An incision is made along the edge of the perforation, and a ring of epithelium is removed. A strip of mucosal layer is removed from the inner side of the perforation. The middle ear is packed with gelfoam soaked with an antibiotic. The edges of the graft should extend under the margins of the perforation, and a small part should extend over the posterior canal wall. The tympanomeatal flap is then replaced.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This surgery will repair the perforated tympanic membrane, treat the infection, and stop the ear discharge. This operation has a high success rate of hearing improvement.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is highly effective with few risks.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Treatment for chronic ear infections is not widely available in Cambodia. There are only a handful of doctors in the country that will perform a myringoplasty, but their services are expensive. Children's Surgical Centre is the only affordable treatment option for patients coming in with chronic otitis media on one or both sides.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative to surgery is antibiotic ear drops, but they have a far lower success rate. Many people neglect their pain and discharge for years, until total loss of hearing becomes a reality.

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Mey Ching

Mey Ching comes from Banteay Meanchey province in Cambodia. She lives with her parents - her father is a cook and her mother is a factory worker. She has a 15-year-old brother in grade seven and a 13-year-old sister in grade four. Mey Ching should be in second grade but is not currently in school because of her disability. She stays at home and likes to paint, watch TV and sit outside with her parents. Since birth, Mey Ching has had a condition with both of her legs which have become increasingly bowing outward at her knees. She cannot walk far and is in pain when she does. This has prevented her from attending school and socializing with peers. Mey Ching's parents traveled eight hours to Children's Surgical Centre for a diagnosis and treatment. Doctors have tentatively diagnosed her with a condition found in children that affects the growth plates around the knee. The disease causes the growth plate near the inside of the knee to either slow down or stop making new bone. She will need an operation to correct both of her bowing tibias. If not treated, it can lead to progressive deformities of her legs however surgical treatment will correct her bowed legs. Mey Ching's family needs help to pay for this $521 procedure at CSC to save their daughter from permanent disability. Mey Ching's mother said: "We are so worried that Mey Ching will never walk or attend school. We are hopeful that the doctors at CSC can fix her legs so she can go to school and play with friends."

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$170raised
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