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Success! Paly from Cambodia raised $831 to fund ear surgery.

Paly
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  • $831 raised, $0 to go
$831
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Paly's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Paly post-operation

April 11, 2017

Paly underwent ear surgery.

Paly’s treatment went well. Following his procedure, he was given ear drops to take for two weeks to fight infections caused by bacteria. Paly feels some pain on the wound, but he is in good condition. His mother is happy to see him look better, and she hopes that his hearing will improve.

Paly says, “I am really happy after the operation because I can go to work, my ear discharge and tinnitus have stopped, and I feel that I have good hearing now.”

Paly's treatment went well. Following his procedure, he was given ear drops to take for two weeks to fight infections caused by bacteria. Pa...

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March 13, 2017

Meet Paly, a 19-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has four younger brothers and two younger sisters. In his spare time, he helps his mother with housework and plays football.

As a child, Paly developed an infection in his left ear, which eventually spread to his right ear. He went to a hospital in Phnom Penh to seek treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. Paly experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus (ringing in the ear). He has had to stop work due to his condition.

Paly and his mother traveled for one hour to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). ENT surgeons at CSC have diagnosed Paly with ruptured eardrums and otitis media (middle ear infection). On March 13, surgeons will perform a myringoplasty in each ear to repair the perforated eardrums and prevent further infection.

Over time, Paly’s hearing will improve. With $831, we can help Paly restore his ability to hear and get back to work!

Meet Paly, a 19-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has four younger brothers and two younger sisters. In his spare time, he helps his mother ...

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Paly's Timeline

  • March 13, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Paly was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • March 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Paly 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.

  • March 14, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Paly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Paly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Paly's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Bilateral Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $831 for Paly's treatment
Hospital Fees
$141
Medical Staff
$689
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?

The 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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