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Success! Vin from Cambodia raised $464 to fund myringoplasty surgery to help him communicate clearly.

Vin
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$464
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Fully funded
Vin's treatment was fully funded on February 2, 2022.

Photo of Vin post-operation

March 3, 2022

Vin underwent myringoplasty surgery to help him communicate clearly.

Vin and his family traveled to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, for surgery to repair his ruptured tympanic membrane. Before the surgery, Vin shared that he was not optimistic that his hearing could be fixed; however, soon after the procedure, he was thrilled that his pain was gone. He will now rest for a few days before returning home with antibiotic ear drops to continue his healing. Vin’s hearing will slowly improve, and he will be able to return to work as a driver.

Vin shared, “I am happy I don’t have to pay for expensive medicine that didn’t help. I am thankful to the people who funded my surgery and hope that they continue to help Cambodians who need help.”

Vin and his family traveled to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for surgery to repair his ruptured tympanic membrane. Before...

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November 23, 2021

Vin is a 34-year-old driver from Cambodia. He lives in the capital city with his wife and two sons. Vin’s wife is a factory worker.

Two years ago, Vin had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. Vin now experiences pain, ear discharge, and tinnitus. He cannot communicate clearly with others.

Vin visited our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 23rd, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his 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.

Vin says, “I hope my hearing will improve and all the ear discharge will finally stop.”

Vin is a 34-year-old driver from Cambodia. He lives in the capital city with his wife and two sons. Vin's wife is a factory worker. Two y...

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Vin's Timeline

  • November 23, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vin 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.

  • November 24, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vin's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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