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Success! Sophea from Cambodia raised $464 to fund myringoplasty surgery to restore his hearing.

Sophea
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  • $464 raised, $0 to go
$464
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Fully funded
Sophea's treatment was fully funded on January 22, 2021.

Photo of Sophea post-operation

October 16, 2020

Sophea underwent myringoplasty surgery to restore his hearing.

Sophea’s surgery was successful. He has been discharged with medicated ear drops, and a six-week followup appointment has been scheduled for an audiogram. Once he has fully recovered, he will have improved hearing and will no longer experience discharge or other discomforts. Sophea will be able to communicate well with others in both work and recreation.

Sophea said, “I am glad that my painful ear infection is finally gone. I will be careful keeping my ears in good health so that I can avoid the same problems in the future.”

Sophea's surgery was successful. He has been discharged with medicated ear drops, and a six-week followup appointment has been scheduled for...

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August 6, 2020

Sophea is a 21-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He lives in Preah Vihar province with his parents and grandparents. He has six older siblings who also live in the area. He plays soccer with his friends and likes making videos on his phone to post on the internet. He also likes drawing landscapes.

In January 2020, Sophea had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sophea experiences hearing loss and ear discharge. He cannot communicate clearly with others and has to spend time cleaning ear discharge every day.

Sophea traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 6th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right 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.

Sophea shared, “I know my family has been worried about my health, so I hope this surgery fixes my ear. In that way, they also don’t have to spend money on medicine.”

Sophea is a 21-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He lives in Preah Vihar province with his parents and grandparents. He has six older sibl...

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Sophea's Timeline

  • August 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sophea was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 6, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophea 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.

  • August 7, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophea's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Sophea'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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