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Success! Savy from Cambodia raised $925 to fund ear surgery.

Savy
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  • $925 raised, $0 to go
$925
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Savy's treatment was fully funded on April 11, 2022.

Photo of Savy post-operation

April 20, 2022

Savy underwent ear surgery.

Savy had successful surgery to repair the damage caused by her ear infections. She was able to return home the following day and was so happy to already be feeling better. She’s now returned to have her stitches removed and is thrilled with the results. She will return in another month for a post-operative hearing test. Savy will no longer have frequent infections and can communicate much better with family and friends.

Savy said: “I am so happy to talk with other people now. I feel well enough to return to helping my husband at our store. I would like to thank the CSC staff for the great care, and the people who helped me to have this surgery so I can help my family and hear better than before.”

Savy had successful surgery to repair the damage caused by her ear infections. She was able to return home the following day and was so happ...

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March 7, 2022

Savy is a 35-year-old woman who earns a living by selling snacks and drinks out of her home. Savy and her husband have three children who are all in primary school. Savy enjoys trying new foods and cooking for her husband and children.

About ten years ago, Savy had an ear infection that caused an abnormal skin growth to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. This has caused Savy to experience hearing loss, tinnitus, and uncomfortable discharge. Medical treatments and ear drops have not helped relieve her symptoms. Savy’s hearing has worsened making it difficult for her to communicate with customers. Savy is worried about the future as now she has become reliant on her husband to make business transactions.

On March 7th, Savy will undergo a procedure where an ENT surgeon will remove the abnormal growth from her ear. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is helping Savy raise $925 to fund this procedure, medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Savy hopes the surgery will stop her from having so many ear infections so that her hearing will improve and she can communicate better with everyone.

Savy is a 35-year-old woman who earns a living by selling snacks and drinks out of her home. Savy and her husband have three children who ar...

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Savy's Timeline

  • March 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 7, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Savy 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 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Savy's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 20, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Savy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $925 for Savy'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.