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Success! Vannary from Cambodia raised $925 to fund ear surgery.

Vannary
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$925
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$0
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Fully funded
Vannary's treatment was fully funded on April 28, 2021.

Photo of Vannary post-operation

April 8, 2021

Vannary underwent ear surgery.

Vannary had successful ear surgery, with only some mild pain post-operatively. She is relieved that she can return to her school studies now that her frequent ear infections will cease. Vannary can now hear her teachers more clearly, and will no longer suffer from headaches.

Vannary’s father shared, “My daughter is doing so well after this surgery; she will be a smarter student than before. We don’t have to worry about her illness, thank you to the Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) staff and strangers who funded her surgery.”

Vannary had successful ear surgery, with only some mild pain post-operatively. She is relieved that she can return to her school studies now...

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March 11, 2021

Vannary is a 15-year-old 9th grade student. Vannary’s father is a driver, her mother is a cleaner, and she has two twin younger sisters. At home, Vannary enjoys playing with her sisters, reading books, and helping out her mother.

Three months ago, Vannary developed an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, which led Vannary to experience hearing loss, tinnitus, and discharge.

In order for her condition to improve, Vannary needs a mastoidectomy procedure in her ear to remove the cholesteatoma and help her hear clearly again.

Vannary shared, “I hope my hearing can improve and the ear discharge finally will stop.”

Vannary is a 15-year-old 9th grade student. Vannary's father is a driver, her mother is a cleaner, and she has two twin younger sisters. At ...

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Vannary's Timeline

  • March 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vannary 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 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vannary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vannary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vannary's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $925 for Vannary's treatment
Hospital Fees
$153
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 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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