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Success! Kheth from Cambodia raised $399 for surgery to restore his hearing.

Kheth
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Kheth's treatment was fully funded on July 1, 2016.

Photo of Kheth post-operation

July 13, 2016

Kheth successfully received surgery to restore his hearing.

After painful earaches and loss of hearing, Kheth has successfuly undergone a second myringoplasty to repair his left eardrum. Before the surgery, his perforated tympanic membrane was not healing correctly, causing pain and an uncomfortable discharge. Now, though he feels mild pain at the wound, the discharge has stopped and he is expected to make a full recovery. He will have his sutures removed in one week, with follow-up appointments to check his hearing throughout the month.

Kheth is very grateful that he could receive this second treatment to improve his hearing in his left ear, and he is eager to get back to work as a moto taxi driver.

After painful earaches and loss of hearing, Kheth has successfuly undergone a second myringoplasty to repair his left eardrum. Before the su...

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June 27, 2016

Kheth is a 33-year-old moto taxi driver who lives with his wife and son in Cambodia. He enjoys playing football and helping his parents on their farm.

Kheth began experiencing discharge from both of his ears when he was two years old. Frequent ear infections—known as chronic otitis media—caused tears in each ear’s tympanic membrane. This has caused him recurrent ear discharge, hearing loss, and pain, and he was treated unsuccessfully with oral antibiotics and ear drops.

The tympanic membrane—commonly known as the eardrum—is a thin membrane that separates the external ear structures from the middle and inner ear. It plays a major role in hearing by transmitting sound waves from the air to the middle ear, where the waves are converted to nerve impulses that travel to the brain. The eardrum also protects the middle ear from foreign objects, water, and bacteria. A tear in the eardrum can lead to hearing loss and increased the risk of infection.

On January 4, 2016, Kheth underwent a myringoplasty—surgery to repair the tympanic membrane—on his right ear at Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). His right ear has healed well, and his hearing has already improved from that ear.

Kheth still experiences recurrent ear discharge, hearing loss, and pain in his left ear. Surgeons will now perform a myringoplasty on the left ear to repair the perforated tympanic membrane, treat his infection, stop the pain and discharge, and allow his hearing to improve.

$399 pays for Kheth’s second myringoplasty as well as two days of hospital care and three follow-up appointments in the first month after the surgery.

“I hope my ear discharge stops on the left side and my hearing will get better like my right ear,” shares Kheth.

Kheth is a 33-year-old moto taxi driver who lives with his wife and son in Cambodia. He enjoys playing football and helping his parents on t...

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Kheth's Timeline

  • June 27, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kheth was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 28, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kheth 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.

  • July 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kheth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kheth's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 13, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kheth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 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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