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Success! Savy from Cambodia raised $809 to improve his hearing.

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Savy's treatment was fully funded on February 29, 2016.

Photo of Savy post-operation

March 14, 2016

Savy received surgery to improve his hearing.

Following Savy’s successful mastoidectomy, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), reports that he “will have a followup appointment in 10 days to remove the sutures and ear packing.” Savy will also have an audiogram in six weeks to check on his progress.

Now that he no longer experiences discomfort as a result of the cholesteatoma, Savy says that he is “really happy that the discharge had stopped. I hope my hearing will improve and once I am healed I will return to my work.”

Savy’s father is also relieved that his son received treatment: “I am so glad that my son had this operation. Now I believe his ear discharge will finally stop and he will be able to hear better once he is healed too. Thank you.”

Following Savy's successful mastoidectomy, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), reports that he "will have a followup appo...

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February 1, 2016

23-year-old Savy, a factory worker from Cambodia, has had problems with ear infections since he was a child. “Savy began having bilateral pus ear discharge when he was six-years-old,” reports our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “On the right side, he eventually developed a cholesteatoma.”

A cholesteatoma is an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear behind the ear drum. This causes him recurrent discharge with a bad smell, hearing loss, pain, and a ringing in his ear. “I get discharge every day and this makes me unhappy,” Savy tells us. “I cannot work anymore because it is painful.”

Savy works in a factory to support his wife and child, but since he has been unable to work he does not have the income to pay for his medical treatment. He traveled two hours to CSC for proper care, and needs $809 to fund his mastoidectomy procedure.

During this operation, doctors will remove the infected skin cells and then drain his middle ear. After a couple weeks of healing, “Savy’s ear discharge will stop and his hearing will improve.”

Savy is excited to have his operation so he can return home where he enjoys listening to the radio and playing football with his neighbors. “I hope my ear discharge stops and I have no pain after surgery,” Savy shares.

23-year-old Savy, a factory worker from Cambodia, has had problems with ear infections since he was a child. "Savy began having bilateral pu...

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Savy's Timeline

  • February 1, 2016

    Savy was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 02, 2016

    Savy 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.

  • February 21, 2016

    Savy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 29, 2016

    Savy's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 14, 2016

    Savy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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