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Success! Vichet from Cambodia raised $137 to fund myringotomy ear surgery.

Vichet
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  • $137 raised, $0 to go
$137
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vichet's treatment was fully funded on February 17, 2020.

Photo of Vichet post-operation

January 16, 2020

Vichet underwent myringotomy ear surgery.

Vichet’s operation went well, and surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. He feels happy that he can concentrate better at school and can breathe and sleep without any difficulties.

“I feel so happy that my operation is complete and went well,” he said.

Vichet's operation went well, and surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. He feels happy that ...

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January 2, 2020

Vichet is the youngest of three brothers, and he enjoys studying about mathematics, physiology, and Khmer literature at school.

When he was six years old, he had an ear infection and recurrent upper respiratory tract infection. He now suffers from pain, a feeling of fullness in his ear, tinnitus, and hearing loss. He also experiences nasal obstruction and daily inflammation.

Surgery will help remove the ear infection and relieve Vichet’s symptoms, allowing him to hear and breathe normally again. He hopes to grow up and become a teacher one day!

Vichet is the youngest of three brothers, and he enjoys studying about mathematics, physiology, and Khmer literature at school. When he ...

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Vichet's Timeline

  • January 2, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Vichet was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vichet 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.

  • January 03, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vichet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vichet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 17, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vichet's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Myringotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Vichet's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$89
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 myringotomy is a surgical procedure to relieve pressure caused by excessive fluid buildup in the middle ear. This buildip causes pain and impairs hearing.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients experience a lot of pain and cannot sleep, go to school, or work. This condition also impairs hearing, making it difficult for patients to communicate. Children may develop speech problems or find their social participation limited.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Patients from rural provinces in Cambodia, which have poor hygiene and limited access to education, are more prone to infections.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is usually given antibiotics for one to two weeks to settle the infection. Under general anesthesia, a tiny incision is created in the eardrum to drain the pus, and a tympanostomy tube is inserted into the eardrum to keep the middle ear aerated and to prevent reaccumulation of fluid. Without the insertion of a tube, the incision usually heals spontaneously in two to three weeks. The tube is either naturally extruded in six to twelve months or removed during a minor procedure.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This procedure reduces pain and improves hearing so the patient can return to daily life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

When antibiotics do not work, this surgery is the most effective treatment. It is usually used to treat a nasopharyngeal infection.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists in Cambodia, and most are concentrated in major cities where the services are costly. If patients cannot afford to travel or pay for hospital treatment, they self-medicate with painkillers.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients may use antibiotics. If they do not work, this procedure is required to prevent permanent damage to the ear drum.

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