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Success! Lida from Cambodia raised $423 to fund ear surgery.

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Lida's treatment was fully funded on February 19, 2019.

Photo of Lida post-operation

January 24, 2019

Lida underwent ear surgery.

Lida’s operation went well. Surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is also important to ensure she does not suffer from hearing loss. Her mom feels happy that she won’t have to miss any more school.

She says, “I am very thankful for the staff that operated on me and I am glad my hearing is improving and my throat stop infection has stopped.”

Lida's operation went well. Surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is also important ...

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January 10, 2019

Lida is a young girl from Cambodia. She has five sisters and four brothers. She stopped studying in the fourth grade. She now wants to start her own business at home. She likes to watch TV and read in her free time.

When she was five, Lida had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Lida experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, tinnitus, and itchiness. She cannot communicate clearly with others and she has ear pain.

Lida traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 11, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Her mother says, “I worry about my daughter’s hearing and that she can’t hear well.”

Lida is a young girl from Cambodia. She has five sisters and four brothers. She stopped studying in the fourth grade. She now wants to start...

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Lida's Timeline

  • January 10, 2019

    Lida was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 11, 2019

    Lida 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 11, 2019

    Lida's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 24, 2019

    Lida's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 19, 2019

    Lida's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $423 for Lida's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Peace is a farmer along with her husband. Together they have two children: their first born is 31 years old while their second born is 17 years old and is in secondary school class one. Peace shared that they have always worked hard to raise the fees for their children's schooling. This has become more difficult as six years ago, Peace began to experience troubling symptoms, including a gradually increasing anterior neck swelling. She was diagnosed with non-toxic goitre. She had visited her mother who noticed something on her neck and told her to get it checked out. The swelling was small and painless at that time but as time went on, the swelling progressively started increasing in size. She resorted to using herbs but this did not help. She is very much worried about what could come out of it in future if not treated on time. A friend recently got treatment at Rushoroza Hospital and her surgery was successful, so Peace felt encouraged and hopeful to visit. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is now helping Peace receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 6th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Peace says, “I hope to get relieved of the goitre and its complications through surgery. I would wish to live a healthy life again. I hope to comfortably keep farming after treatment.”

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Arnold is a 40-year-old married man with three children; aged 15, 10, and 3. He is a truck driver and his wife helps take care of their family and home. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, his work has decreased. Also, his driving license is currently expired which means that he cannot work as a truck driver until he's able to renew the license. Since last year, Arnold has had a chronic cough. He sought medical care and tested negative for Tuberculosis more than four times; he was frequently put on antibiotics. Late last year, he started noticing a protruding swelling on his neck along with his persistent cough. He again sought medical attention from a health center and was referred to the public hospital. At the hospital, they suspected that he had a goiter and was referred to Partners in Hope (PIH) for thyroid tests since the other facility had no reagents for these tests. At PiH, Arnold was diagnosed with goiter. Doctors recommend that he has his thyroid removed in a procedure called thyroidectomy. A goiter is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland; a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. Although goiters are usually painless, a large goiter can cause a cough, irritation and may also cause difficulty in swallowing and breathing. Arnold is afraid that his thyroid might grow bigger if he does not have it removed. It is expected that after surgery, the symptoms will heal and his neck will return to its normal size. Arnold appeals for financial assistance as he is not financially able to pay for the surgery. Arnold says, "My worry is that the goiter might grow bigger. I hope to get treatment before the condition worsens."

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