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Success! Sok from Cambodia raised $464 to fund eardrum repair surgery so she can hear again.

Sok
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  • $464 raised, $0 to go
$464
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sok's treatment was fully funded on September 4, 2021.

Photo of Sok post-operation

August 10, 2021

Sok underwent eardrum repair surgery so she can hear again.

Sok did not realize how bad her hearing was for many years until she had surgery to repair her eardrum. After the procedure, she recovered well at the hospital. Doctors deemed the surgery a success, and she was excited to return to her farm. She is regaining her health and confidence to be around others again.

Sok’s husband said: “we are thankful for the success of the operation and want to thank those who helped to pay for Sok’s operation.”

Sok did not realize how bad her hearing was for many years until she had surgery to repair her eardrum. After the procedure, she recovered ...

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July 21, 2021

Sok is a 39-year-old farmer who is married and has two children who are in primary school. Sok enjoys raising chickens, cows, growing vegetables around her house, and teaching her children.

In 2011, Sok had an ear infection that caused her right ear drum to perforate. This causes her to experience tinnitus, ear discharge, and hearing loss. She cannot communicate efficiently and is uncomfortable being around others due to the discharge and smell.

Sok traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 21st, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear, in which the surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Sok shares her hopes for recovery, “I hope my hearing will improve so I can communicate with others more easily.”

Sok is a 39-year-old farmer who is married and has two children who are in primary school. Sok enjoys raising chickens, cows, growing vegeta...

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Sok's Timeline

  • July 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sok 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.

  • July 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 10, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sok's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sok's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Sok'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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Taw is a 43-year-old teacher who lives with her family in the refugee camp. Taw and her husband work at the same school and their daughter is also enrolled there in the nursery program. In her free time, Taw enjoys singing and reading with her students. Taw also loves to grow vegetables around her house, and she is very proud that the vegetables she grows are organic. Growing her own vegetables also helps to reduce her household expenses. Last month, Taw was walking home with a branch from a banana tree she had just cut down to cook for dinner. That afternoon it was drizzling and the dirt road was slippery. Taw slipped and fell onto her left arm, breaking both bones in her left forearm. With the help of Watsi donors, she underwent surgery to insert a metal rod into her forearm at the end of August at Chiang Mai Hospital. A few days after her surgery, Taw's wound got an infection and the doctor had to perform another surgery to remove the rod from her arm. Once the infection cleared up with the help of antibiotics, the doctor scheduled another surgery to have the rod reinserted into Taw's arm to finally help her heal. Taw’s left arm is still in pain. She is in pain whenever she sits down, and the pain increases when she moves her arm. If she lies down and puts her left arm on a pillow, she feels better. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Taw will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 7th and will cost $1,500. After the procedure, Taw will no longer be in pain and she will be able to go back home and see her family. She will be able to teach again and garden like before. Taw said, "I really miss my family and my daughter. I hope that I will receive proper treatment and be able to go back home again soon."

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$973raised
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