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Success! Saratt from Cambodia raised $913 to fund a perforated ear drum repair surgery.

Saratt
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Fully funded
Saratt's treatment was fully funded on December 4, 2020.

Photo of Saratt post-operation

December 11, 2020

Saratt underwent a perforated ear drum repair surgery.

Saratt’s ear surgery went well! After having chronic headaches, ear infections, and ringing in her ears since she was 10 years old, she is relieved and hopeful for the future ahead.

Saratt shared after her treatment, “I am happy after a successful surgery and hope the ear infections will stop. My hearing is already better and the ringing in my ears has finally stopped.”

Saratt's ear surgery went well! After having chronic headaches, ear infections, and ringing in her ears since she was 10 years old, she is r...

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October 13, 2020

Saratt is a 39-year-old cook from Cambodia. She and her husband have four daughters together, all of whom are in school. Her husband is taxi driver. Saratt works at a local restaurant, and in her free time she does housework, prepares food for her daughters, and grows vegetables in her garden.

Since she was 10 years old, Saratt has had a persistent ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both of her ears to perforate. As a result, Saratt experiences ear discharge, hearing loss and pain on both sides. She has taken a range of medications as treatment including antibiotics, but they have had little effect. In daily life, it is difficult for her to communicate clearly with others.

Saratt traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On October 13th, 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 amount covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Saratt shared, “I hope after surgery that my ear will feel better, and that there will be no infection or discharge. I hope that I can talk normally with my family.”

Saratt is a 39-year-old cook from Cambodia. She and her husband have four daughters together, all of whom are in school. Her husband is taxi...

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Saratt's Timeline

  • October 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 13, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saratt 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.

  • October 14, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saratt's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 4, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saratt's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 11, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saratt's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Bilateral Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $913 for Saratt'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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