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Success! Ravuth from Cambodia raised $925 to fund ear surgery so he can hear well and do his best in school.

Ravuth
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  • $925 raised, $0 to go
$925
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ravuth's treatment was fully funded on January 29, 2022.

Photo of Ravuth post-operation

February 9, 2022

Ravuth underwent ear surgery so he can hear well and do his best in school.

Ravuth had a successful surgery to repair the damage caused by his ear infections. He was able to return home the following day with instructions that would help decrease any risk of infection. He’ll return to the hospital in a month for a post-operative hearing test, but already has no more ear pain or discharge. Ravuth is excited that he no longer has to miss school, and can now participate in all of his classes without having trouble hearing.

Ravuth’s mother said: “We are happy that our son can hear well again, and won’t suffer from infections and feel bad. He is much happier now. Thank you to those who helped him to have this surgery. It will make a big difference in his life.”

Ravuth had a successful surgery to repair the damage caused by his ear infections. He was able to return home the following day with instruc...

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January 17, 2022

Ravuth is a bright student in the 4th grade. He’s the youngest in his family and has three older siblings. When not studying, Ravuth likes to play football, watch TV and play games with his friends from school.

Six weeks ago, Ravuth had a severe ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. Ravuth now experiences ear discharge, pain, fevers, and hearing loss. It is difficult to listen and he feels shy because he doesn’t understand the conversation. He has frequently been absent from class and his mother is worried that he might be held back in school.

Ravuth’s family traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 18th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Ravuth said: “I hope my hearing will improve and I can go back to school!”

Ravuth is a bright student in the 4th grade. He's the youngest in his family and has three older siblings. When not studying, Ravuth likes t...

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Ravuth's Timeline

  • January 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 18, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ravuth 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.

  • January 19, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ravuth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ravuth's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 9, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ravuth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $925 for Ravuth's treatment
Hospital Fees
$153
Medical Staff
$771
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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