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Success! Vortey from Cambodia raised $464 to fund a myringoplasty to improve her hearing.

Vortey
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$464
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Fully funded
Vortey's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2021.

Photo of Vortey post-operation

April 2, 2021

Vortey underwent a myringoplasty to improve her hearing.

Vortey’s successful operation has improved her quality of life by eliminating the ear infection, ear discharge and her discomfort. Undergoing this surgery was important in prevent any further damage to Vortey’s ear. Vortey will have to keep her ear clear of any water until her ear heals, and will use ear drops for the next two weeks to prevent infection. The surgery has relieved her family of the burden of caring for an ill child; they are thankful to the hospital staff for treating their daughter.

Vortey’s parents shared that they are very happy that she will have no more ear infections, and that she can now go to school and play with her friends.

Vortey's successful operation has improved her quality of life by eliminating the ear infection, ear discharge and her discomfort. Undergoin...

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February 9, 2021

Vortey is a 9-year-old student in grade three. She has a 2-year-old brother, and both of her parents are farmers. Vortey likes to eat vegetables, Khmer soup, and drink coconut juice. When she grows up, she wants to be a nurse.

Two weeks ago, Vortey had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear ear to perforate. For this reason, Vortey experiences bleeding, discharge, and pain in her right ear. Now, she cannot communicate clearly with friends and family.

Vortey traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On February 10th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her 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.

Vortey’s parents shared, “We hope that our daughter will be better after surgery and the procedure will stop the infection. We worry about her every day and want her to recover soon.”

Vortey is a 9-year-old student in grade three. She has a 2-year-old brother, and both of her parents are farmers. Vortey likes to eat vegeta...

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Vortey's Timeline

  • February 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vortey 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.

  • February 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vortey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vortey's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vortey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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