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Success! Srey Mom from Cambodia raised $913 to fund a bilateral myringoplasty ear surgery so she can hear well.

Srey Mom
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Srey Mom's treatment was fully funded on April 9, 2022.

Photo of Srey Mom post-operation

April 18, 2022

Srey Mom underwent a bilateral myringoplasty ear surgery so she can hear well.

Srey Mom had successful surgery to repair her perforated eardrums, as her symptoms could have become more serious and she could be hearing-impaired permanently.

Her stitches were removed after one week and she will use antibiotic drops for two weeks to decrease any risk of re-infection. This procedure will allow her to live more comfortably and improve her hearing and communication. She has already returned to work, which helps her family by eliminating the costs of her previous medications and bringing in money for food.

Srey Mom said: “I am so grateful that my hearing has returned. I am very pleased I can hear my customers, work to support my family, and be useful. Thank you to the staff and the donors who helped me to have this surgery.”

Srey Mom had successful surgery to repair her perforated eardrums, as her symptoms could have become more serious and she could be hearing-i...

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January 12, 2022

Srey Mom is a 39-year-old drink seller. Srey Mom lives with her mother, who is a fruit seller, and her sister.

Since Srey Mom was eight years old, she has had persistent ear infections. These infections caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. As a result, Srey Mom experiences recurrent ear discharge, tinnitus, and frequent infections with accompanying high fevers. For the past few years, the infections have exacerbated her loss of hearing. Antibiotics were not successful in treating this, and she is unable to communicate well with customers because she cannot hear.

Srey Mom traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 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 covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Srey Mom shared, “I hope my ear infections will clear up, I will hear better, and communicate with my family and neighbors.”

Srey Mom is a 39-year-old drink seller. Srey Mom lives with her mother, who is a fruit seller, and her sister. Since Srey Mom was eight ...

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Srey Mom's Timeline

  • January 12, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Srey Mom was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 13, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Srey Mom 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.

  • January 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srey Mom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 9, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srey Mom's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srey Mom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

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