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Success! Chantha from Cambodia raised $399 to treat recurring ear infections.

Chantha
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  • $399 raised, $0 to go
$399
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$0
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Fully funded
Chantha's treatment was fully funded on April 14, 2016.

Photo of Chantha post-operation

June 8, 2016

Chantha underwent successful treatment for her ear condition.

Chantha’s myringoplasty operation went well, and now she can hear much better. She is free of discharge and pain. Moving forward, she will have her sutures removed in one week and an audiogram in six weeks.

“Now I hope I can return home and take care of my children easily,” shared Chantha.

Chantha's myringoplasty operation went well, and now she can hear much better. She is free of discharge and pain. Moving forward, she will h...

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March 30, 2016

Chantha loves cooking and spending time at home with her husband and seven children. But for some time now, the 56-year-old Cambodian woman has struggled to hear the voices of those loved ones. “I can’t hear people that well,” she shares, “so it is hard to communicate with others.”

Chantha’s hearing has been deteriorating for decades now. “Chantha had otitis media, an ear infection, in both ears when she was 8 years old,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). The infection eventually caused a rupture in Chantha’s right eardrum, and “over time she lost hearing in that ear. She also still experiences pain and recurrent discharge,” says CSC. Chantha explains, “Sometimes I can’t do my work because of the pain.”

Fortunately, though, Chantha’s pain and hearing loss do not have to be permanent. For $399, we can sponsor the myringoplasty surgery that she needs. In this procedure, doctors will seal the hole in her eardrum with a graft. The requested funding will also cover the post-operative medication and hospital stay Chantha will need to recuperate from the procedure.

“I hope after the operation my mother’s ear discharge stops, and she has good hearing and health,” Chantha’s son tells us. Let’s help make that hope a reality for this family and their mother.

Chantha loves cooking and spending time at home with her husband and seven children. But for some time now, the 56-year-old Cambodian woman ...

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Chantha's Timeline

  • March 30, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chantha was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • March 30, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chantha 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.

  • April 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chantha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 14, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chantha's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 8, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chantha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.