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Success! Heng Ly from Cambodia raised $464 to fund eardrum surgery to heal his hearing loss.

Heng Ly
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Fully funded
Heng Ly's treatment was fully funded on January 4, 2022.

Photo of Heng Ly post-operation

January 18, 2022

Heng Ly underwent eardrum surgery to heal his hearing loss.

Heng Ly traveled to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for his successful surgery to repair his tympanic membrane. He’ll rest for a few days and take antibiotics to continue the healing process. As a result of surgery, Heng Ly will no longer have hearing loss, frequent infections, or miss teaching school.

Heng Ly shared, “I am relieved to hear well again. It has been difficult to miss school; my students relied on me, and I felt bad when I could not be there to teach them. Thank you to the strangers and the CSC staff for all their help.”

Heng Ly traveled to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for his successful surgery to repair his tympanic membrane. He'll r...

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October 26, 2021

Heng Ly is a 37-year-old math teacher. He is married and has one son and one daughter.

When he was around six years old, Heng Ly had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, in his right ear to perforate. As a result, Heng Ly experiences pain, ear discharge, and hearing loss, as well as recurrent ear infections that make it difficult to work due to frequent illness.

Heng Ly traveled to the care center at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. On October 26th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear to close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to help fund this procedure, including medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Heng Ly shared, “I really hoping my hearing will improve after my surgery, and that the ear discharge will stop happening.”

Heng Ly is a 37-year-old math teacher. He is married and has one son and one daughter. When he was around six years old, Heng Ly had a se...

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Heng Ly's Timeline

  • October 26, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Heng Ly 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.

  • October 27, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Heng Ly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 4, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Heng Ly's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Heng Ly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Heng Ly'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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