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Success! Sorphea from Cambodia raised $831 to fund ear surgery.

Sorphea
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$831
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$0
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Fully funded
Sorphea's treatment was fully funded on November 28, 2016.

Photo of Sorphea post-operation

January 25, 2017

Sorphea underwent successful ear surgery.

Sorphea had a successful myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. Following the procedure, she was given antibiotics to take at home, and her sutures were removed after one week.

Sorphea says, “I am really happy that my surgery is done. I think it will heal my ear and stop my ear discharge. I can go back to work as usual.”

Sorphea had a successful myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. Following the procedure, she was given antibiotics to take at home, and h...

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November 3, 2016

Sorphea is a 26-year-old factory worker who has three brothers and three sisters. She likes to work, do housework, and go out with friends.

When she was a child, Sorphea developed an ear infection. The infection spread to both ears and perforated the tympanic membrane in each. She experiences ear discharge and hearing loss, and she hears ringing and buzzing in her ears. Sorphea’s condition makes her unhappy and makes it difficult for her to hear at work.

Fortunately, Sorphea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) from a relative. On November 3, 2016, CSC surgeons performed a myringoplasty in each ear to repair the perforated tympanic membrane and stop the ear discharge and pain. Over time, Sorphea’s hearing will improve. Now, she needs help to fund this $831 procedure.

“I hope the ear discharge will stop and I will have good hearing,” says Sorphea.

Sorphea’s aunt, who accompanied her to surgery, adds, “I hope that after the operation, my niece’s ear discharge will stop, and she will have good hearing and good health.”

Sorphea is a 26-year-old factory worker who has three brothers and three sisters. She likes to work, do housework, and go out with friends. ...

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Sorphea's Timeline

  • November 3, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sorphea was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 3, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sorphea 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.

  • November 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sorphea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 28, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sorphea's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 25, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sorphea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Bilateral Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $831 for Sorphea's treatment
Hospital Fees
$141
Medical Staff
$689
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?

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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