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Ly is a noodle seller from Cambodia who needs $464 to fund myringoplasty ear surgery so he can hear better.

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September 25, 2020

Ly is a 48-year-old street noodle vendor from Cambodia. He’s married with one son and one daughter. He and his wife work together as street noodle vendors near their home. He shared with us that he enjoys helping his children with their homework and doing activities outdoors with his family on the weekends. His relatives live in the province so he sends money to his parents and takes his children to visit them from time to time.

In 2018, Ly started experiencing ear discharge and hearing loss in his right ear, Ly had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Ly experiences ear discharge, itchiness, tinnitus, and hearing loss. He can’t communicate clearly with other people.

Ly traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 24th, 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.

Ly said, “I hope after my surgery is done the ear discharge and infection will go away and some of my hearing will return.”

Ly is a 48-year-old street noodle vendor from Cambodia. He's married with one son and one daughter. He and his wife work together as street ...

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Ly's Timeline

  • September 24, 2020

    Ly was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 25, 2020

    Ly was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 27, 2020

    Ly's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Ly is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Ly's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Ly'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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Ampeire is a farmer from Uganda and during her free time, she enjoys doing tailoring as a friend taught her how. She completed sixth grade in school, but did not proceed with education due to limited financial support from her family. Her husband is a builder on construction sites around their village. They own a three room incomplete semi-permanent house for shelter. She has six children: Her oldest child is 13 years old and in primary school class seven, her second born is 12 years old and in primary school class five, she lost her third child two weeks after birth. Her fourth born is 8 years old and in primary school class one, fifth born is 5 years old and in preschool, and her youngest is 3 years old and hasn’t yet started school. She shared that their family has a very difficult time when looking for school fees for their children. They earn a very limited income and are not able to afford the cost of the c-section that her doctors are recommending. She is currently expecting her seventh child. Her doctors are concerned about a safe delivery and have told her that she needs to have a c-section to ensure the safety of both mother and child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ampeire undergo a C-Section on September 26th. This procedure will cost $207, and Ampeire needs your support. Ampeire shared with us, “we are in a tricky financial situation. I look forward to resuming farming as soon as possible to be able to support, sustain, and develop my family.”

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