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Success! Thach from Cambodia raised $464 to fund ear surgery so she can hear well again.

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Thach's treatment was fully funded on July 6, 2022.

Photo of Thach post-operation

July 18, 2022

Thach underwent ear surgery so she can hear well again.

Thach and her family traveled to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre for treatment of her chronic ear infections and hearing loss. She was concerned the treatment would not work, as she has tried many remedies, and none have helped. She was relieved that after surgery her pain has disappeared and her hearing is already better, although it may be a few months before her hearing is fully back to normal. She told us how much this will change her life because she will be able to communicate better with her family and won’t have to spend money on expensive treatments.

Thach’s husband said: “I am so grateful the surgeons were able to fix Thach’s ear. She won’t have fevers any longer, and won’t miss more work at the factory. This will help us save money so our children can stay in school. Thank you to the everyone who supported her to have her ear fixed.”

Thach and her family traveled to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre for treatment of her chronic ear infections and hearing loss...

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March 9, 2022

Thach is a 39-year-old woman. She happily shared that she and her husband have been married for ten years, and they have two young sons, who are both in primary school. Thach works in a garment factory, while her husband is a farmer. When Thach is not working, she helps her husband raise chickens and vegetables to sell at the local market. She tries to relax at the end of the day by watching some news on the television.

Ten years ago, Thach developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or the eardrum, in her left ear to perforate. As a result, she experiences chronic pain and hearing loss that worsens if she has a fever. She visited a few local clinics for treatment but has been unable to find relief from her symptoms. As this condition makes it difficult for her to communicate with others, Thach noted she believes she has lost several job opportunities due to her hearing and frequent infections.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Thach receive treatment to finally heal. On March 9th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure, covering medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Thach shared, “I hope that my hearing will be improved, and I will not have any more discharge or pain.”

Thach is a 39-year-old woman. She happily shared that she and her husband have been married for ten years, and they have two young sons, who...

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Thach's Timeline

  • March 9, 2022

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

  • March 9, 2022

    Thach 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.

  • March 11, 2022

    Thach's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 6, 2022

    Thach's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 18, 2022

    Thach's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 4 donors

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  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Thach's treatment
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  • 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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Janeth is a two-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of two children. Her father is a small-scale farmer, while her mother has a few cattle whose milk she sells to buy food and other commodities. They also harvest and sell some of their crops to earn money. They are living in a harsh environment, but they try to manage on a day-to-day basis. Janeth was involved in an accident last year where she sustained severe burns. Her mother had made porridge for breakfast. She took the pot off the fire and placed it at a corner to cool down so that she could feed Janeth. As she went out to clean the plates Janeth took a cup and tried to take porridge by herself from the pot. She dipped her hand in the pot of hot porridge and while pulling her hand out, some of the porridge spilled on her left foot. Her mother ran inside when she heard Janeth crying, but she had already been badly burned. Her mother gave her first aid and rushed her to the nearest clinic where she got treatment that helped with the open wounds. The wounds have healed, but left her with scars that make her left-hand fingers hard to use, and the toe on her left food was disfigured. A relative who saw Janeth advised her mother to seek treatment at our medical partner's care center ALMC (The Plaster House). Janeth was diagnosed with burn scar contracture on her left hand and left foot. Her hand needs a release surgery with skin grafting because her fingers are webbed, and the fifth toe of her left foot needs to be amputated because it causes pain when she tries to wear shoes. Her mother cannot afford the $1,088 cost of treatment and is asking for help. Janeth’s mother says, "I had to convince my husband to let me come and seek treatment for our daughter. I am not at peace every time I think of her.”

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