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Success! Sophat from Cambodia raised $842 to fund ear surgery.

  • $842 raised, $0 to go
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Sophat's treatment was fully funded on January 13, 2017.

Photo of Sophat post-operation

February 2, 2017

Sophat underwent successful ear surgery.

Following the procedure, she was given antibiotics. Sophat’s ear infection is now healed.

Sophat says, “I am really happy after having done the surgery. I think my ear disease is healed and the infection has stopped.”

Following the procedure, she was given antibiotics. Sophat's ear infection is now healed. Sophat says, "I am really happy after having do...

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December 14, 2016

Sophat is a 37-year-old farmer with one daughter and one son. She likes to go to her farm, do housework, and take care of her children.

When she was a child, Sophat developed an infection in her right ear. Since then, she has experienced ear discharge and hearing loss. Sophat’s condition makes her unhappy and uncomfortable.

Sophat was referred to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), by an NGO that specializes in hearing disabilities. She traveled for six hours to seek treatment. She was diagnosed with a perforated tympanic membrane and tympanic membrane retraction that has caused the formation of a cholesteatoma. A cholesteatoma is a skin growth in the middle ear.

On December 14, ENT surgeons performed a tympano-mastoidectomy surgery to repair her perforated eardrum and treat the cholesteatoma. After recovery, Sophat’s hearing will improve. Now, CSC is requesting $842 in funding.

Sophat is a 37-year-old farmer with one daughter and one son. She likes to go to her farm, do housework, and take care of her children. ...

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Sophat's Timeline

  • December 14, 2016

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

  • December 14, 2016

    Sophat 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.

  • December 21, 2016

    Sophat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 13, 2017

    Sophat's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 02, 2017

    Sophat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $842 for Sophat's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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