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Success! Dorn from Cambodia raised $464 to fund surgery to treat her perforated ear drum.

Dorn
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  • $464 raised, $0 to go
$464
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$0
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Fully funded
Dorn's treatment was fully funded on December 2, 2021.

Photo of Dorn post-operation

September 27, 2021

Dorn underwent surgery so she can hear and communicate clearly again.

Dorn underwent a successful surgery to repair her perforated eardrum. She is excited that soon her hearing will improve. Her life will be better because she will be able to be more independent, communicate more clearly with others, and will not suffer from pain and ear discharge.

Dorn’s husband said, “we’re thankful Dorn will hear better than before. We won’t waste money on treatment and can use the money to feed our family and send our children to school. Thank you to CSC staff who were so kind to us.”

Dorn underwent a successful surgery to repair her perforated eardrum. She is excited that soon her hearing will improve. Her life will be be...

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August 18, 2021

Dorn is a 41-year-old farmer who lives in the Kampong Cham province of Cambodia with her family. Her husband is a construction worker. They have one daughter and one son together, both of whom are in public high school. When she is not working, she spends her time cooking, watching TV, and visiting her neighbors.

Three months ago, Dorn had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Dorn experiences pain, feelings of pressure, discharge and hearing loss. She cannot communicate clearly with others.

Dorn traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 17th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation and relieve Dorn’s pain. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and in-patient care.

Dorn said, “I am happy that I will soon feel no more pain in my ear and I will be able to hear my family clearly.”

Dorn is a 41-year-old farmer who lives in the Kampong Cham province of Cambodia with her family. Her husband is a construction worker. They ...

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Dorn's Timeline

  • August 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dorn 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 18, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 27, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 2, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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