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Success! Nget from Cambodia raised $925 to fund surgery to restore his hearing.

Nget
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$925
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$0
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Fully funded
Nget's treatment was fully funded on January 20, 2021.

Photo of Nget post-operation

October 16, 2020

Nget underwent surgery to restore his hearing.

Nget’s surgery went well and his ear discharge and infection have been stopped. His hearing will improve and he will be able to return to normal life.

Nget’s wife said, “thank you all so much for helping my husband have this surgery. I am happy his infection has stopped and it will be easy for me to have a conversation with him again.”

Nget's surgery went well and his ear discharge and infection have been stopped. His hearing will improve and he will be able to return to no...

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August 5, 2020

Nget is a 27-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. He and his wife work together, and have one young son. He enjoys playing with his son outside, and taking him on walks by the river. He also likes to cook for his family.

Ten years ago, Nget had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Nget experiences hearing loss, ear discharge and pain. He has experienced chronic tinnitus, a ringing in the ears, and it is difficult for him to hear his coworkers and communicate with his family.

Nget traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 5th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Nget said, “I have spent a lot of money on medicine for my ear, so I hope that this surgery stops my pain for good and I can use that money to help my family.”

Nget is a 27-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. He and his wife work together, and have one young son. He enjoys playing with his son ou...

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Nget's Timeline

  • August 5, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nget was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 5, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nget 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.

  • August 6, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nget's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nget's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 20, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nget's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $925 for Nget's treatment
Hospital Fees
$153
Medical Staff
$771
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 mastoidectomy is a surgical procedure that removes diseased mastoid air cells. A patient who needs a mastoidectomy will experience hearing loss, chronic ear infections, and possibly cholesteatoma—an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear. Cholesteatomas cause hearing loss and ear discharge. The cholesteatoma will erode bones in the middle ear and can eventually expose the brain and cause death in complicated, untreated cases.

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

Patients live with hearing loss and chronic ear infections.

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

Treated incorrectly or left untreated, an infected mastoid bone can cause hearing loss, persistent ear discharge, meningitis, temporary dizziness, and temporary loss of taste. Due to poor hygiene and limited education in rural Cambodia, patients are likely to experience complications and receive the incorrect treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A mastoidectomy is performed with the patient asleep under general anesthesia. Surgeons will perform one of several different types of mastoidectomy, depending on the amount of infection present. These include: • Simple (or closed) mastoidectomy: The operation is performed through the ear or through an incision behind the ear. The surgeon opens the mastoid bone and removes the infected air cells. The eardrum is incised to drain the middle ear. Topical antibiotics are placed in the ear. • Radical mastoidectomy: This procedure removes the most bone and is usually performed for extensive spread of a cholesteatoma. The eardrum and middle ear structures may be completely removed. Usually the stapes, the "stirrup"-shaped bone, is spared to preserve some hearing. • Modified radical mastoidectomy: In this procedure, some middle ear bones are left in place, and the eardrum is rebuilt by tympanoplasty. After surgery, the wound is stitched up around a drainage tube, and a dressing is applied.

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

This treatment will relieve chronic ear infections, hearing loss, and other symptoms caused by the infected mastoid bone.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This treatment is highly effective, but it poses risks if performed by an inexperienced surgeon. The operation is near the facial nerve and the brain, so surgeons must be careful when operating. At Children's Surgical Centre, ENT surgeons only operate on cases about which they feel confident.

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

Care for this condition is not easily accessible in Phnom Penh. Only one other hospital performs ENT surgery, but care at that hospital is expensive. The ENT surgeons at our medical partner have a proven record of successful cases.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Once the infection stops responding to antibiotics, surgery is the only option.

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