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Success! Dany from Cambodia raised $925 to fund ear surgery so she can communicate more clearly.

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Dany's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2021.

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March 26, 2021

Dany underwent ear surgery.

Dany underwent successful ear surgery to treat her reccuring infection and remove her cholesteatoma, the abnormal skin growth, in her middle ear. She will use ear drops for 2 weeks, take pain medication as needed, and continue with her follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing. Dany share how thankful she is to have no more ear discharge or infection and that her hearing will improve so that she can return to work selling fish.

Her husband shared, “I’m so happy because she can go to work, go outside, and have good hearing. I’m thankful to the donors who funded this surgery and staff at CSC who helped my wife.”

Dany underwent successful ear surgery to treat her reccuring infection and remove her cholesteatoma, the abnormal skin growth, in her middle...

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January 13, 2021

Dany is 29-years-old. She is married and her husband is a farmer. Together they have one son. When Dany’s not caring for her very active child, she likes to go through Facebook and watch TV.

For the past ten years, she has had consistent right ear discharge and pain. When she was a child, she had surgery for an abscess near her right ear. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Dany experiences hearing loss and ear discharge. It is difficult for her to hear or communicate with others.

Dany traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 14th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right 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.

“I really hope that after the operation my ear will be better, the hearing will be normal, the ear discharge and pain will all be gone,” Dany said.

Dany is 29-years-old. She is married and her husband is a farmer. Together they have one son. When Dany's not caring for her very active chi...

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Dany's Timeline

  • January 13, 2021

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

  • January 14, 2021

    Dany 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 14, 2021

    Dany's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2021

    Dany's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 31, 2021

    Dany's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 29 donors

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  • Procedure
On average, it costs $925 for Dany's treatment
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  • 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.

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  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
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  • 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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