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

Saorith
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  • $842 raised, $0 to go
$842
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Saorith's treatment was fully funded on January 10, 2017.

Photo of Saorith post-operation

February 2, 2017

Saorith underwent successful ear surgery.

He was given antibiotics following his procedure. Saorith experiences tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ear), but otherwise he is recovering well.

Saorith’s mother says, “I am very happy that my son had the operation. His ear discharge will stop, and he will have good hearing.”

He was given antibiotics following his procedure. Saorith experiences tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ear), but otherwise he is recoveri...

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December 12, 2016

Saorith is ten years old and in the third grade. He has three older sisters and two older brothers. He likes to draw pictures and read books in his free time.

When Saorith was four years old, he developed an ear infection that spread to both ears and caused a perforation of the tympanic membrane in both ears. He was treated with ear drops, but his symptoms did not improve. Since then, he experienced ear discharge, hearing loss, pain, and buzzing in his ears. He had difficulty hearing at school, and he was in pain.

Saorith’s parents learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from an NGO in Phnom Penh that specializes in hearing disabilities. The family traveled for six hours to seek treatment. On December 13, ENT surgeons at CSC performed a mastoidectomy procedure in Saorith’s right ear to relieve him of his symptoms.

After recovery, Saorith’s hearing will improve. Now, CSC is requesting $842 in funding.

“I hope the operation stops the ear discharge and gives me good hearing,” says Saorith. “I want to be a doctor.”

Saorith is ten years old and in the third grade. He has three older sisters and two older brothers. He likes to draw pictures and read books...

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Saorith's Timeline

  • December 12, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 13, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saorith 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
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saorith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 10, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saorith's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 02, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saorith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $842 for Saorith's treatment
Hospital Fees
$153
Medical Staff
$688
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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