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Success! Sim from Cambodia raised $464 to fund ear surgery.

Sim
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$464
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$0
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Fully funded
Sim's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Sim post-operation

July 2, 2020

Sim underwent ear surgery.

Sim’s surgery was successful. Her ear has been repaired and the infection has been cleaned out. She has been discharged with ear drops. Two followups have been scheduled: a one-week appointment to remove her sutures and a six-week appointment for an audiogram. After fully recovering, Sim will have improved hearing, and will no longer experience any pain or discharge in her ear.

Her sister-in-law shared, “I hope that she will enjoy life much more now that she can hear everything around her. We won’t have to talk loudly, and she will be able to do things on her own.”

Sim's surgery was successful. Her ear has been repaired and the infection has been cleaned out. She has been discharged with ear drops. Two ...

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May 12, 2020

Sim is a 40-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. When Sim was a child, her mother passed away and her father left her at the home of an uncle. She now lives and works with a cousin she grew up with. Sim enjoys shopping at the market for the best ingredients to use in her cooking.

When she was young, Sim had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sim experiences hearing loss, pain, and discharge. She has never been able to clearly communicate with others, and has not been able to work much outside the home.

Sim traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 12th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Sim’s niece said, “I hope that after this surgery she will be able to join in the conversations we have at home, and I can finally communicate clearly with her.”

Sim is a 40-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. When Sim was a child, her mother passed away and her father left her at the home of an uncle...

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Sim's Timeline

  • May 12, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sim was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 12, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sim 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.

  • May 13, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 2, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sim's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Sim's treatment
Hospital Fees
$78
Medical Staff
$385
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?

This 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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Jackson

Jackson is a nine-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth born child in a family of six children. Jackson is a hard-working boy both at home and school. He is currently in class three and his best subjects are Mathematics and Swahili. Due to his health condition, Jack is having a hard time walking and it continues to become more difficult as time goes on. When he is not at school, he helps to look after his father's cattle. Jackson's parents are livestock keepers who make a very humble income. When Jackson was two years old, he fell off his bed. As he fell, his right leg went into the fireplace, which is usually next to the bed to keep the hut warm. At the time, his parents couldn't take him to the hospital due to financial challenges and treated the burn wound using traditional herbal medication. His wound took a long time to heal. Over the years, the skin around his right foot has contracted and pulls his toes upward, which makes putting shoes on very challenging for Jackson. His parents have to buy big, soft shoes so that he can go to school wearing shoes. Jackson often complains of pain after a long day of walking. Most of the times when he is home, he doesn’t like wearing shoes due to the pain and discomfort. Through a mission organization, Jackson was referred to Plaster House at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre to seek treatment help. Doctors recommend that Jackson undergo an amputation of two toes on his right foot in order to remove the pain and difficulty that he feels when walking and wearing shoes. Jackson's parents cannot afford the treatment cost thus they are asking for help. Jackson will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on April 23rd. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,088 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Once recovered, he will be free of pain and will soon be able to walk comfortably again. Jackson shared, "I would like to be able to wear shoes and walk without feeling pain. I will be happy if am able to have this treatment."

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