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Success! Ly from Cambodia raised $464 to fund myringoplasty ear surgery so he can hear better.

Ly
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$464
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$0
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Fully funded
Ly's treatment was fully funded on January 10, 2021.

Photo of Ly post-operation

January 11, 2021

Ly underwent myringoplasty ear surgery so he can hear better.

Ly’s procedure was successful! His sutures will be removed after one week, then he will be treated with ear drop medication. A six-week follow up appointment has been scheduled to check the progress of his healing and to conduct an audiogram. Once he fully recovers, Ly will have improved hearing, and will be able to communicate easily with his friends, family, and his customers.

Ly said, “My work will be so much easier now that I can talk to my suppliers well. I am also happy that I will be able to hear my children when I am home.”

Ly's procedure was successful! His sutures will be removed after one week, then he will be treated with ear drop medication. A six-week foll...

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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
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ly 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.

  • September 25, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 27, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 10, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ly's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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