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Success! Thuok from Cambodia raised $809 to treat a painful ear condition.

Thuok
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Thuok's treatment was fully funded on March 5, 2016.

Photo of Thuok post-operation

April 3, 2016

Thuok received successful treatment for his ear condition.

“Thuok’s surgery went well. He will have his sutures and ear packing removed in one week. After six weeks he will return for an audiogram,” reports his doctor at Children’s Surgical Centre.

Thuok feels mild pain immediately after surgery, but shared with the CSC staff: “I am really happy that my discharge has stopped. I will return to work without the pain I had before.”

His wife, who accompanied him to CSC for surgery, expressed her thanks to the donors and CSC medical team for their support.

"Thuok's surgery went well. He will have his sutures and ear packing removed in one week. After six weeks he will return for an audiogram," ...

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February 23, 2016

Thuok is a 27-year-old tuk tuk driver from Cambodia. In 2008, Thuok noticed a foul smelling discharge coming out of both of his ears that caused him pain. He has experienced hearing loss, pain, and recurrent discharge since then.

Thuok is married with one daughter. After work he enjoys listening to the radio and playing football with his neighbors. One of Thuok’s friends, also a tuk tuk driver, told him about our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) and urged him to get medical care at CSC’s clinic.

Thuok was diagnosed with bilateral cholesteatoma - small growths in Thuok’s middle ear that are causing his discharge and pain.

$809 will fund surgery to remove the growths in Thuok’s ears to stop the discharge and pain, and permanently treat his condition.

“I hope that my husband will stop having ear discharge and have no more pain after his operation,” says Thuok’s wife, who accompanied him to the clinic. “I am very worried about his disease and I am happy that he can get surgery done at CSC.”

Thuok is a 27-year-old tuk tuk driver from Cambodia. In 2008, Thuok noticed a foul smelling discharge coming out of both of his ears that ca...

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Thuok's Timeline

  • February 23, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thuok 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.

  • March 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thuok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 5, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thuok's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 3, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thuok's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A mastoidectomy is a surgical procedure that removes diseased mastoid air cells. A patient who needs a mastoidectomy will experience hearing loss, chronic ear infections, and possibly cholesteatoma—an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear. Cholesteatomas cause hearing loss and ear discharge. The cholesteatoma will erode bones in the middle ear and can eventually expose the brain and cause death in complicated, untreated cases.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients live with hearing loss and chronic ear infections.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Treated incorrectly or left untreated, an infected mastoid bone can cause hearing loss, persistent ear discharge, meningitis, temporary dizziness, and temporary loss of taste. Due to poor hygiene and limited education in rural Cambodia, patients are likely to experience complications and receive the incorrect treatment.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A mastoidectomy is performed with the patient asleep under general anesthesia. Surgeons will perform one of several different types of mastoidectomy, depending on the amount of infection present. These include: • Simple (or closed) mastoidectomy: The operation is performed through the ear or through an incision behind the ear. The surgeon opens the mastoid bone and removes the infected air cells. The eardrum is incised to drain the middle ear. Topical antibiotics are placed in the ear. • Radical mastoidectomy: This procedure removes the most bone and is usually performed for extensive spread of a cholesteatoma. The eardrum and middle ear structures may be completely removed. Usually the stapes, the "stirrup"-shaped bone, is spared to preserve some hearing. • Modified radical mastoidectomy: In this procedure, some middle ear bones are left in place, and the eardrum is rebuilt by tympanoplasty. After surgery, the wound is stitched up around a drainage tube, and a dressing is applied.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment will relieve chronic ear infections, hearing loss, and other symptoms caused by the infected mastoid bone.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This treatment is highly effective, but it poses risks if performed by an inexperienced surgeon. The operation is near the facial nerve and the brain, so surgeons must be careful when operating. At Children's Surgical Centre, ENT surgeons only operate on cases about which they feel confident.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Care for this condition is not easily accessible in Phnom Penh. Only one other hospital performs ENT surgery, but care at that hospital is expensive. The ENT surgeons at our medical partner have a proven record of successful cases.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Once the infection stops responding to antibiotics, surgery is the only option.

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