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Lai Seng is a woman from Cambodia who needs $127 to fund ear surgery.

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July 1, 2019

Lai Seng is a woman from Cambodia. She has two children, and enjoys doing the housework and watching television in her spare time.

For the past seven years, Lai Seng has experienced a ringing in her ears known as tinnitus, and she also has vertigo, feeling as if the world is spinning. She often suffers from headaches, pain, and nausea. Surgery will help to relieve the pressure and build up of fluids in her ear and alleviate her symptoms of suspected Meniere Disease.

Her ear surgery is scheduled for July 2 and will cost $127.

Lai Seng is a woman from Cambodia. She has two children, and enjoys doing the housework and watching television in her spare time. For th...

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Lai Seng's Timeline

  • July 1, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lai Seng was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lai Seng 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.

  • July 06, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lai Seng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 08, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Lai Seng's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Lai Seng is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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Treatment
Myringotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $127 for Lai Seng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$79
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 myringotomy is a surgical procedure to relieve pressure caused by excessive fluid buildup in the middle ear. This buildip causes pain and impairs hearing.

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

Patients experience a lot of pain and cannot sleep, go to school, or work. This condition also impairs hearing, making it difficult for patients to communicate. Children may develop speech problems or find their social participation limited.

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

Patients from rural provinces in Cambodia, which have poor hygiene and limited access to education, are more prone to infections.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is usually given antibiotics for one to two weeks to settle the infection. Under general anesthesia, a tiny incision is created in the eardrum to drain the pus, and a tympanostomy tube is inserted into the eardrum to keep the middle ear aerated and to prevent reaccumulation of fluid. Without the insertion of a tube, the incision usually heals spontaneously in two to three weeks. The tube is either naturally extruded in six to twelve months or removed during a minor procedure.

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

This procedure reduces pain and improves hearing so the patient can return to daily life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

When antibiotics do not work, this surgery is the most effective treatment. It is usually used to treat a nasopharyngeal infection.

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

There are few ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists in Cambodia, and most are concentrated in major cities where the services are costly. If patients cannot afford to travel or pay for hospital treatment, they self-medicate with painkillers.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients may use antibiotics. If they do not work, this procedure is required to prevent permanent damage to the ear drum.

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