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Success! Hin from Cambodia raised $399 to treat a painful ear condition.

Hin
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$399
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Hin's treatment was fully funded on March 26, 2016.

Photo of Hin post-operation

April 19, 2016

Hin received treatment for her painful ear condition.

Hin’s surgery to repair her perforated eardrum was a success! “She will have her sutures removed in one week and an audiogram in six weeks,” reports her doctor at Children’s Surgical Centre. Currently, Hin only feels mild pain on the wound.

“I am very happy that my ear discharge has stopped and my ear is less painful,” shares Hin. “I am excited for my hearing to improve too. I will go home and return to work now.”

Hin's surgery to repair her perforated eardrum was a success! "She will have her sutures removed in one week and an audiogram in six weeks,"...

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February 25, 2016

“I am unhappy that I have ear pain, and it is hard for me to talk with other people,” shares Hin, a 52-year-old farmer who lives with her husband and six children in Cambodia.

“For two months, Hin’s right ear has had discharge, pain, and hearing loss caused by trauma with a cotton Q-tip,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. “Her tympanic membrane was perforated.”

The tympanic membrane—commonly known as the eardrum—is a thin membrane that separates the external ear structures from the middle and inner ear. It plays a major role in hearing by transmitting sound waves from the air to the middle ear, where the waves are converted to nerve impulses that travel to the brain. The eardrum also protects the middle ear from foreign objects, water, and bacteria. A tear in the eardrum can lead to hearing loss—as Hin as experiencing—and poses an increased risk for infection.

For $399, Hin will undergo a myringoplasty to repair the tear in her eardrum. Funding also pays for up to two days of hospital care and three follow-up appointments in the first month after the surgery.

“After a myringoplasty on the right side,” says CSC, “Hin’s ear drainage will stop, and her hearing will improve. She will not feel pain from her ear anymore.”

Hin’s husband looks forward to a successful surgery for his wife. “I hope after the operation is done, my wife’s ear discharge will stop, and she can have good hearing and health,” he says.

"I am unhappy that I have ear pain, and it is hard for me to talk with other people,” shares Hin, a 52-year-old farmer who lives with her hu...

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Hin's Timeline

  • February 25, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hin was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 25, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hin 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.

  • March 19, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hin's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 19, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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