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Success! Sonita from Cambodia raised $598 to treat a painful ear condition.

Sonita
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$598
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Fully funded
Sonita's treatment was fully funded on March 1, 2016.

Photo of Sonita post-operation

March 21, 2016

Sonita received successful treatment for her painful ear condition.

Sonita’s surgery was a success! “She feels mild pain on the wound,” reports her doctor at Children’s Surgical Centre. “She will have sutures removed in 1 week and an audiogram in 6 weeks.”

“I am really happy that the discharge will not happen anymore after my operation,” shares Sonita. “I am glad to return home to work now.”

Sonita's surgery was a success! "She feels mild pain on the wound," reports her doctor at Children's Surgical Centre. "She will have sutures...

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February 16, 2016

This is Sonita, a 27-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She is one of six children, and enjoys cooking and helping her family on their farm.

“Sonita was seven when she began experiencing bilateral ear discharge and pain,” our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), explains. “Over time this has perforated the tympanic membrane on both sides.” Her condition is also known as a ruptured eardrum, and can cause pain, bleeding, and hearing loss.

Sonita details the significant discomfort that her ruptured eardrums cause: “I have ear pain and it is difficult to communicate with other people,” she shares. “I cannot go to work at the factory some days when my ears are very painful.”

Sonita travelled two hours with her mother to reach CSC for proper medical treatment. For $598, doctors at CSC will perform a myringoplasty first on her left side and then six weeks later on her right side to close the perforations in her eardrums. “After each myringoplasty, the discharge will stop and her hearing will improve in that ear,” CSC shares.

With proper treatment Sonita will be able to live her life without the constant pain and discomfort she has had for most of her life. She will be able to return to her home and work happy and healthy. “I hope my ear stops having discharge and I have good hearing,” Sonita expresses.

This is Sonita, a 27-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She is one of six children, and enjoys cooking and helping her family on their f...

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Sonita's Timeline

  • February 16, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 17, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sonita 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.

  • March 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sonita's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sonita's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 21, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sonita's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Bilateral 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?

The 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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