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Bros is a 48-year-old father and farmer from Cambodia who needs $184 to fund a myringotomy procedure to heal the infection in his ears.

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October 19, 2022

Bros is a proud father of one son and one daughter. He and his wife grow vegetables and sell them at the local vegetable market. At home, Bros likes to play chess with his friends.

For the past several years, Bros has had ear fullness and hearing loss in both ears, although the left ear is worse. He has not sought any treatment because they cannot afford expensive medicines from local pharmacies. He has difficulty communicating with his family and customers, and he feels embarrassed about his hearing loss.

Bros was told about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, from relatives, where he went for a diagnosis and treatment of his hearing loss. Surgeons have diagnosed him with chronic otitis media, which is a recurrent infection of the middle ear and/or mastoid air cells in the presence of tympanic membrane perforation. There are no medicines that will cure this disease.

On October 19th, Bros will undergo a left ear myringotomy to remove all of the infection to restore his hearing. He needs assistance to pay the $184 cost, which will cover medicines, surgery, and post-operative care.

Bros said: “I hope after surgery I will not have ear fullness and pain and I will have my better hearing back again.”

Bros is a proud father of one son and one daughter. He and his wife grow vegetables and sell them at the local vegetable market. At home, B...

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Bros's Timeline

  • October 19, 2022

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

  • October 19, 2022

    Bros was scheduled to receive 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.

  • October 21, 2022

    Bros's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Bros is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Bros's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $184 for Bros'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 myringotomy is a surgical procedure to relieve pressure caused by excessive fluid buildup in the middle ear. This buildip causes pain and impairs hearing.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients experience a lot of pain and cannot sleep, go to school, or work. This condition also impairs hearing, making it difficult for patients to communicate. Children may develop speech problems or find their social participation limited.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Patients from rural provinces in Cambodia, which have poor hygiene and limited access to education, are more prone to infections.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is usually given antibiotics for one to two weeks to settle the infection. Under general anesthesia, a tiny incision is created in the eardrum to drain the pus, and a tympanostomy tube is inserted into the eardrum to keep the middle ear aerated and to prevent reaccumulation of fluid. Without the insertion of a tube, the incision usually heals spontaneously in two to three weeks. The tube is either naturally extruded in six to twelve months or removed during a minor procedure.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This procedure reduces pain and improves hearing so the patient can return to daily life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

When antibiotics do not work, this surgery is the most effective treatment. It is usually used to treat a nasopharyngeal infection.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists in Cambodia, and most are concentrated in major cities where the services are costly. If patients cannot afford to travel or pay for hospital treatment, they self-medicate with painkillers.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients may use antibiotics. If they do not work, this procedure is required to prevent permanent damage to the ear drum.

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