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Success! Amira from Cambodia raised $464 to fund a myringoplasty ear surgery.

Amira
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$464
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$0
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Fully funded
Amira's treatment was fully funded on January 6, 2021.

Photo of Amira post-operation

January 6, 2021

Amira underwent a myringoplasty ear surgery.

Amira has had recurrent ear infections, and suffered from ear discharge, pain and ringing in the ear for the past 3 years. Doctors discovered she had a perforated tympanic membrane and with your support, they were finally able to correct it. After a course of antibiotic ear drops, Amira will return to the hospital to have her stitches removed, and will no longer suffer from recurrent infections or hearing problems. She looks forward to going to school and would like to be a teacher when she is older.

Her mother is happy and said, “thank you to the staff for surgery. I expect my daughter’s ear pain to stop, for her to have improved hearing, and no ear infections now.”

Amira has had recurrent ear infections, and suffered from ear discharge, pain and ringing in the ear for the past 3 years. Doctors discovere...

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November 19, 2020

Amira is a four-year-old preschooler from Cambodia wtih two younger sisters. Her father is a merchant and her mother works in their home. When she is not at school, Amira loves playing with her sisters!

One year ago, Amira had a serious ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Amira experiences pain, discharge, and hearing loss. She cannot communicate clearly with others already making it difficult for her to learn in school.

Amira traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 18th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Her mother said, “I hope she will not be in pain anymore, and her ear discharge will stop and hearing will improve.”

Amira is a four-year-old preschooler from Cambodia wtih two younger sisters. Her father is a merchant and her mother works in their home. Wh...

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Amira's Timeline

  • November 18, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Amira received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • November 19, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Amira was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • November 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Amira's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 06, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Amira's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 06, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Amira's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Amira'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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