Saroem is a 36-year-old construction worker and mother of two from Cambodia. She lives in Kampot province with her husband and two children, ages 8 and 13. Both Saroem and her husband work for a local construction company. They work long hours while their kids go to school and are looked after by friends and relatives. In her free time, Saron loves making sweets for her kids.
Six years ago, Saroem had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. Now, Saroem experiences pain, tinnitus, ear discharge, and hearing loss. She cannot communicate clearly with others, and she frequently misses work. Saroem has tried various medications but hasn’t seen any significant change.
Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. Saroem traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment, and on June 7th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations that cause her symptoms. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $914 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for Saroem.
Saroem shared, “I want this to be fixed because I am always feeling scared that I will feel worse and lose my hearing. When I am better, I can go to work every day and not be afraid.”