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Success! Kea from Cambodia raised $464 to fund a myringoplasty.

Kea
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$464
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kea's treatment was fully funded on October 7, 2021.

Photo of Kea post-operation

October 21, 2021

Kea underwent a myringoplasty and is heading back to school.

Kea and his family traveled 3 hours to have surgery on his perforated eardrum. His surgery was successful and he returned one week later to have his stitches removed. Kea no longer has discharge from his ear, and his pain has ceased. He can return to school and participate more fully with improved hearing.

Kea’s parents said: Our son had good results and can hear much better. Thank you to the CSC staff and to the donors who help farmers like us to have a better life.”

Kea and his family traveled 3 hours to have surgery on his perforated eardrum. His surgery was successful and he returned one week later to...

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September 1, 2021

Kea is a student who lives in a rural province of Cambodia with his parents, who are farmers, and his younger brother and sister.

When he was 11, Kea had a severe ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. As a result, Kea experiences pain and discharge from his ear. He also has difficulty communicating with others.

Kea traveled to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. On September 1st, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During the procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Now CSC is requesting $464 to fund his procedure. This will cover the cost of medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Kea shared, “I hope my hearing will improve and the the infection and pain will go away.”

Kea is a student who lives in a rural province of Cambodia with his parents, who are farmers, and his younger brother and sister. When he...

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Kea's Timeline

  • September 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kea 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.

  • September 1, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kea's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Kea's treatment
Hospital Fees
$78
Medical Staff
$385
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?

This 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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