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Success! Sakada from Cambodia raised $464 to fund surgery to heal his perforated ear drum so he can hear clearly.

Sakada
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Fully funded
Sakada's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2021.

Photo of Sakada post-operation

January 10, 2022

Sakada underwent surgery to heal his perforated ear drum so he can hear clearly.

It was important for Sakada to have the surgery to ensure his condition did not worsen. His surgery was successful and following surgery, he no longer has pain, discharge, or difficulty hearing. Sakada feels happy that he can return to his work to help others who also need care for their conditions.

Sakada said: “Life will be better because I can communicate better with my family and my co-workers. Thank you to the CSC staff who helped me hear well again, so I can work well and support my growing family.”

It was important for Sakada to have the surgery to ensure his condition did not worsen. His surgery was successful and following surgery, he...

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November 1, 2021

Sakada is a 29-year-old doctor. He’s been married for one year and his first baby is due soon. In his free time Sakada enjoys playing football with his friends and colleagues.

Two years ago, Sakada had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sakada experiences pain and discharge. He cannot communicate clearly with others, making his job at the hospital difficult.

Sakada traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 1st, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Sakada said, “I hope after the surgery my hearing will improve so I can work easily and be free of pain.”

Sakada is a 29-year-old doctor. He's been married for one year and his first baby is due soon. In his free time Sakada enjoys playing footba...

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Sakada's Timeline

  • November 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sakada 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.

  • November 2, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sakada's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sakada's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sakada's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Sakada'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.