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

Huoch
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Huoch's treatment was fully funded on July 28, 2017.

Photo of Huoch post-operation

April 11, 2017

Huoch underwent ear surgery.

Huoch’s treatment for both ears went well. Following the procedure, he was given ear drops to fight infections caused by bacteria, to be used in both ears for two weeks. His sutures were removed one week after the surgery. Huoch feels mild pain on the wound, but he is in good condition.

Huoch says, “Now I can hear better, and my ear discharge has stopped after the operation. I can go back to school as usual and stop feeling so shy around everyone.”

Huoch's treatment for both ears went well. Following the procedure, he was given ear drops to fight infections caused by bacteria, to be use...

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February 22, 2017

Huoch is a 19-year-old farmer who lives in Cambodia. He has five brothers. In his free time, he likes to play football, watch TV, and go to the farm.

When he was five years old, Huoch developed infections in both ears, which perforated both the left and right tympanic membranes. For treatment he took drugstore medication, but his symptoms did not improve. Huoch currently experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ear). It is difficult for Huoch to communicate with others.

Huoch heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from a relative. He traveled two hours with his mother to CSC for treatment.

On February 22, surgeons at CSC will perform a bilateral myringoplasty surgery to repair the perforated tympanic membranes and stop the discharge and pain. After the surgery, Huoch’s hearing will improve. Watsi is asking for $831 to pay for the procedure. Your donation will help fund the surgeons, assistants, nurses, anesthesiologists, surgical supplies, medication, and four nights stay in the hospital.

Huoch is a 19-year-old farmer who lives in Cambodia. He has five brothers. In his free time, he likes to play football, watch TV, and go to ...

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Huoch's Timeline

  • February 22, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Huoch was submitted by Korng Hout, Accountant at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 22, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Huoch 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.

  • February 28, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Huoch's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Huoch's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 28, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Huoch's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Bilateral Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $831 for Huoch'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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Sreyna

Sreyna is a 27-year-old woman who has been married for seven years. Together they have a five-year-old daughter in primary school. Sreyna works at a government office, while her husband is an electrician for a construction company in the capital of Phnom Penh. When Sreyna was ten years old, she developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, in her right ear to perforate. As a result, she has been experiencing chronic pain in her right ear, as well as headaches and ringing noise for many years. She has difficulty hearing things clearly, which complicates her communication with others at work and home. She visited several hospitals for treatments over the years but has still been unable to find relief. Even if her symptoms stop for a while, her hearing is still impacted so she cannot communicate well. Consequently, Sreyna shared that she feels shy amongst her co-workers. Overall, the perforation causes Sreyna to feel ill often, which makes it hard for her to work and support her family. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Sreyna receive the treatment she needs to finally heal. On March 9th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure, including Sreyna's medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sreyna shared, "I hope that my hearing will improve and I will stop having ear infections. I want to be a good mother and not miss so much work."

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