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Success! Nita from Cambodia raised $464 to fund myringoplasty ear surgery.

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Nita's treatment was fully funded on October 19, 2020.

Photo of Nita post-operation

March 26, 2020

Nita underwent myringoplasty ear surgery.

Nita’s operation has eliminated the ear infection, as well as any ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is important in preventing further damage, which could result in permanent hearing loss. Nita’s stitches have now been removed, and she will need to keep her ear clear of any water as best she can until it heals completely. The surgeons are looking forward to witnessing her progress further during her follow-up visit.

“I am so thankful to the surgeons who did my daughter’s operation, and I am so glad that it was successful.” -Nita’s Mother

Nita's operation has eliminated the ear infection, as well as any ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is important in preventing further d...

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February 25, 2020

Nita is a sixth-grade student from Cambodia. She has two brothers, and her favorite subjects in school are Khmer literature and English. She hopes to become a doctor when she gets older.

When she was just one year old, Nita had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Nita experiences discharge, itchiness, and hearing loss. She struggles to concentrate at school and cannot hear others well or communicate easily.

Nita traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On February 26th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her 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.

“I hope that my daughter’s surgery will go smoothly and her ear drum will heal and she will have good hearing again.” -Nita’s Mother

Nita is a sixth-grade student from Cambodia. She has two brothers, and her favorite subjects in school are Khmer literature and English. She...

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Nita's Timeline

  • February 25, 2020

    Nita was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 26, 2020

    Nita 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 26, 2020

    Nita's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020

    Nita's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 19, 2020

    Nita's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Nita's treatment
Hospital Fees
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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 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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