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Success! Sokleng from Cambodia raised $913 to fund bilateral myringoplasty ear surgery.

Sokleng
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Fully funded
Sokleng's treatment was fully funded on November 23, 2020.

Photo of Sokleng post-operation

June 26, 2020

Sokleng underwent bilateral myringoplasty ear surgery.

Sokleng’s surgery was successful! Her doctors performed a myringoplasty procedure on both ears to repair ear drum perforations that had been caused by an infection. Once she recovers, she will no longer experience vertigo, a sensation of whirling and loss of balance, and her hearing will improve. She has been discharged with ear drops to aid in her recovery. At her one-week followup appointment, her sutures will be removed.

Her mother shared, “I am glad that my daughter’s ear will finally recover. She will hear better and feel better, and she will be able to work again.”

Sokleng's surgery was successful! Her doctors performed a myringoplasty procedure on both ears to repair ear drum perforations that had been...

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April 29, 2020

Sokleng is a 30-year-old seller of Khmer food from Cambodia. She lives with her parents and four brothers. Sokleng likes listening to music and spending time with her friends.

When Sokleng was six years old, she noticed that she had water in her ears when taking a bath. That water has remained in her ears and developed into a bilateral ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Sokleng experiences pain, hearing loss, ear drainage, and ringing in her ears. She cannot communicate clearly with others because of her hearing loss and can not sell food for her daily income.

Sokleng traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On April 29th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure for 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.

“I hope that the surgery will be done well, the ear discharge will go way, and no longer annoy me any more. Also, I hope that I can hear better so I can continue my work selling Khmer food to help my parents,” Sokleng said.

Sokleng is a 30-year-old seller of Khmer food from Cambodia. She lives with her parents and four brothers. Sokleng likes listening to music ...

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Sokleng's Timeline

  • April 29, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sokleng was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 29, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokleng received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • April 30, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokleng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokleng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 23, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokleng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

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