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Success! Chin from Cambodia raised $399 to treat recurring ear infections.

  • $399 raised, $0 to go
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Chin's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2015.

Photo of Chin post-operation

January 4, 2016

Chin received successful treatment for her chronic ear infections.

“Chin’s myringoplasty went well,” her doctor at Children’s Surgical Centre reports. “Chin has mild pain around the wound, but her discharge has stopped and she shows no signs of experiencing vertigo. She will apply ear drops daily for two weeks, and have her sutures removed in one week. After six weeks she will have an audiogram.”

“I am really happy after my surgery,” Chin shares. “I think my ear disease will be healed and the discharge will stop. Now, once I get better I hope I will go to work as usual and have good hearing.”

"Chin's myringoplasty went well," her doctor at Children's Surgical Centre reports. "Chin has mild pain around the wound, but her discharge ...

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December 1, 2015

20-year-old Chin is a factory worker from Cambodia. She is the youngest of four siblings, and her favorite pastimes are reading books and cleaning.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) shares, “When Chin was ten years old, she began having recurrent ear discharge and hearing loss from her right ear.” Despite receiving treatment in the past, she still experiences pain, discharge, and hearing loss. “When I have ear discharge it feels painful and there is a bad smell,” shares Chin. “This disrupts my life and makes it difficult to communicate with my friends.”

After hearing about CSC from a fellow villager who received treatment, Chin traveled three hours to seek help from our medical partner. For $399 Chin will receive a myringoplasty to stop the discharge and regain her hearing.

“I hope after treatment, the ear discharge stops and I can have good hearing,” Chin shares. “I want to study English.”

20-year-old Chin is a factory worker from Cambodia. She is the youngest of four siblings, and her favorite pastimes are reading books and cl...

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Chin's Timeline

  • December 1, 2015

    Chin was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 1, 2015

    Chin 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.

  • December 18, 2015

    Chin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2015

    Chin's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 4, 2016

    Chin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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Rosario is a 64-year-old woman from the Philippines. She is a post-stroke patient and currently lives with her daughter, who works as a call center agent to provide for their basic needs. Unfortunately, her income isn't enough to cover Rosario's medical expenses. In 2012, Rosario began to experience troubling symptoms, including pain in her back and the upper abdominal area. She consulted a doctor and was diagnosed with gallstones. She was prescribed medications to alleviate her symptoms, but due to financial limitations, she wasn't able to have follow-up check-ups with her doctor. Consequently, her treatment was delayed and her symptoms worsened. Fortunately, she came to Our Lady of Peace Hospital, our partner care facility. After a thorough assessment and a series of laboratory tests, it was determined that Rosario needs to have surgery to treat her condition. Rosario has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, her symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Rosario is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 2nd. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Rosario's surgery and care. Rosario shared: "Without your support, I might have just endured my illness and might not be able to get treatment. We're incapable of paying for my hospital bills. So, thank you so much Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for the opportunity to finally be treated."

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