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Success! Srey Nuch from Cambodia raised $464 to fund myringoplasty ear surgery.

Srey Nuch
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Fully funded
Srey Nuch's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2020.

Photo of Srey Nuch post-operation

March 9, 2020

Srey Nuch underwent myringoplasty ear surgery.

Srey Nuch had a successful operation and she is now recovering at home. She will need to avoid loud noises and prevent any water from entering her ear until her ear heals. She will use ear drops every day for two weeks to prevent infection, and she is set to return in six weeks for a follow-up appointment. Surgery has relieved Srey Nuch of her ear infection and discomfort, and is important so that she does not risk further hearing loss and ear damage. Her teacher says that she is very grateful Srey Nuch’s operation went well.

“I am so glad my surgery is finished and I can hear clearly. I can now return to school again.”

Srey Nuch had a successful operation and she is now recovering at home. She will need to avoid loud noises and prevent any water from enteri...

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February 2, 2020

Srey Nuch is a second-grade student from Cambodia. She has two older brothers, and one older sister. She often enjoys playing games with her friends and watching television and reading books when her classes finish.

One year ago, Srey Nuch had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Nuch experiences pain, discharge, tinnitus, and hearing loss. She has a difficult time hearing others, and cannot listen well in class.

Srey Nuch traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On February 3rd, 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.

“I hope that my daughter’s surgery will go well so that she can feel better again and I won’t have to worry about her ears anymore.” -Srey Nuch’s Mother

Srey Nuch is a second-grade student from Cambodia. She has two older brothers, and one older sister. She often enjoys playing games with her...

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Srey Nuch's Timeline

  • February 2, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Srey Nuch 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.

  • February 03, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srey Nuch's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srey Nuch's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 16, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srey Nuch's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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