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Success! Savet from Cambodia raised $913 to fund bilateral myringoplasty ear surgery.

Savet
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$913
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$0
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Fully funded
Savet's treatment was fully funded on September 12, 2020.

Photo of Savet post-operation

September 30, 2020

Savet underwent myringoplasty ear surgery.

Savet’s ear procedure was successful! She has been discharged with medicated ear drops and a six-week followup appointment has been scheduled for an audiogram to support her healing. Once she has fully recovered, she will have improved hearing and will no longer experience ear discharge or chronic infections.

Savet said, “My ear feels good and there is not much pain. I hope that I can hear much better and not have any more problems and ringing in my ears.”

Savet's ear procedure was successful! She has been discharged with medicated ear drops and a six-week followup appointment has been schedule...

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September 9, 2020

Savet is a 35-year-old food seller from Cambodia. She and her husband have one daughter together and they sell duck eggs both on the street and from their home in the city. When Savet is not working, she practices making clothes for her daughter, and enjoys watching movies.

Five years ago, Savet had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Savet experiences hearing loss, tinnitus and discharge. She cannot communicate clearly with others, and she has spent money on medications that have had little effect.

Savet traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 9th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Savet said, “I really hope that after surgery, I will hear a little better and not have any problems with tinnitus. I hope that I can hear my daughter’s voice well.”

Savet is a 35-year-old food seller from Cambodia. She and her husband have one daughter together and they sell duck eggs both on the street ...

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Savet's Timeline

  • September 9, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 9, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Savet 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.

  • September 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 12, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Savet's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 30, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Savet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Bilateral Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $913 for Savet's treatment
Hospital Fees
$141
Medical Staff
$771
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?

The 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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