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Success! Sophea from Cambodia raised $464 to fund a myringoplasty to help improve her hearing.

Sophea
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$464
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Fully funded
Sophea's treatment was fully funded on February 22, 2021.

Photo of Sophea post-operation

March 1, 2021

Sophea underwent a myringoplasty to help improve her hearing.

Sophea had a smooth operation to repair her perforated eardrum, which was the major source of her fevers and pain. She will rest for several days, and her mom will use antibiotic ear drops in her ear twice daily to help make sure she fully heals.

Her mother shared, “I am happy and thank you to Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) staff for surgery on my daughter. I hope my daughter’s ear pain stops, and she has no more infections.”

Sophea had a smooth operation to repair her perforated eardrum, which was the major source of her fevers and pain. She will rest for several...

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February 16, 2021

Sophea is a 4-year-old preschooler from Cambodia. She has three sisters and one brother. Sophea’s father is a printing house worker and her mother works in a factory.

Sophea has had a recurrent ear infection for the last two years, and she was recently hospitalized with fever and ear discharge. Sophea has been diagnosed with a persistent ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear ear to perforate. Sophea experiences pain, fever, ear discharge and hearing loss. Because she cannot hear well, she cannot communicate clearly with others.

Sophea traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On February 16th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left 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. Once she has recovered, she will be able to communicate and socialize well with other children her age.

Sophea’s parents shared, “We hope our daughter will stop getting infections after surgery and her hearing will improve.”

Sophea is a 4-year-old preschooler from Cambodia. She has three sisters and one brother. Sophea's father is a printing house worker and her ...

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Sophea's Timeline

  • February 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophea 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.

  • February 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophea's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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