“Sometimes I can’t study because the pain is so bad,” shares 23-year-old Vy, a young woman from Cambodia.
Vy is a university student who is studying marketing in Cambodia with the help of a local NGO. She has one older sister and three older brothers.
For the past two years, Vy has experienced hearing loss in her left ear. She has recently experienced discharge and bleeding from that ear. Vy and her brother traveled one hour to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for care.
Doctors at CSC discovered a cholesteatoma in her left ear. A cholestoeatoma is an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear behind the ear drum.
Surgeons at CSC will perform a mastoidectomy surgery to remove the cholesteatoma and stop the ear discharge and infection from spreading. The operation and post-operative care will cost $809.
“I hope my ear discharge stops and my hearing improves,” continues Vy. “Once I am healed I hope to return home and get a good job.”