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Success! Hann from Cambodia raised $399 to treat chronic ear infections.

Hann
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$399
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Fully funded
Hann's treatment was fully funded on May 10, 2016.

Photo of Hann post-operation

June 16, 2016

Hann received treatment for his chronic ear infections.

After living with uncomfortable discharge from his ear for over a decade, Hann will finally have some relief from his condition. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) shares that Hann’s surgery went smoothly, and he “will have his sutures removed in one week and a followup appointment in six weeks” to make sure he is recovering properly.

“I am really happy I had this surgery and my discharge has stopped,” Hann shares as he focuses on getting back to school. “I think my ear disease is healed now. I will go home and continue my studies as usual.”

“I am happy my son could have this operation. Now his ear discharge will stop and he can have good hearing and health,” Hann’s mother adds.

After living with uncomfortable discharge from his ear for over a decade, Hann will finally have some relief from his condition. Our medical...

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April 29, 2016

Hann is a 11-year-old boy from Cambodia, currently in grade two. He has two older brothers and enjoys doing his homework, drawing pictures, and watching cartoons.

Hann began having ear discharge and tinnitus in both ears when he was one-year-old. His tympanic membrane is perforated on each side, which causes him hearing loss and headaches.

“I am unhappy when I have ear pain and I can not hear my teacher clearly at school,” shared Hann in his pre-operative interview at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Hann traveled two hours with his mother to arrive at CSC for treatment. ENT surgeons at CSC will perform a myringoplasty on the left side. This will stop the discharge and improve his hearing. He will no longer need to worry about pain or discomfort, and will be able to participate in school without worrying about hearing his teacher.

Hann is a 11-year-old boy from Cambodia, currently in grade two. He has two older brothers and enjoys doing his homework, drawing pictures, ...

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Hann's Timeline

  • April 29, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hann was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 29, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hann received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • May 07, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hann's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 10, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hann's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hann's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • 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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