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Success! Kunthea from Cambodia raised $399 to fund ear surgery.

Kunthea
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$399
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kunthea's treatment was fully funded on March 21, 2017.

Photo of Kunthea post-operation

March 1, 2017

Kunthea underwent successful ear surgery.

Kunthea’s treatment went well. Following his procedure, he was given antibiotics to take for two weeks. He returned to CSC one week later to remove the sutures. Kunthea experiences mild pain on the wound, but he is recovering nicely.

Kunthea’s wife says, “I am very happy that my husband had the operation so that he can have good hearing again.”

Kunthea's treatment went well. Following his procedure, he was given antibiotics to take for two weeks. He returned to CSC one week later to...

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January 19, 2017

Kunthea is a 35-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has two daughters. He likes to play soccer, watch TV, and go fishing in his free time.

When he was 10 years old, Kunthea developed an ear infection in his left ear, and the infection spread to his right ear. He developed chronic otitis media when both of his eardrums perforated.

Kunthea has tried to use ear drops from a pharmacy, but his symptoms have not improved. He experiences ear discharge and hearing loss. It is difficult for him to work, and his wife is worried about him.

Kunthea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Care (CSC), from a relative. He traveled with his wife to reach CSC and get treatment.

ENT surgeons at CSC will perform a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear on January 19. CSC is requesting $399 for the procedure that will repair Kunthea’s eardrum and improve his hearing.

Kunthea is a 35-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has two daughters. He likes to play soccer, watch TV, and go f...

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Kunthea's Timeline

  • January 19, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 19, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kunthea 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.

  • January 23, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kunthea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 1, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kunthea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 21, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kunthea's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 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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