Vann is an eleventh-grade student from Cambodia. He has two siblings, and he enjoys playing soccer and volleyball with his friends in his free time.
Three years ago, Vann had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Vann experiences itchiness, pain, tinnitus, hearing loss, ear discharge, headaches, and dizziness. He cannot hear or communicate with others properly, and has a difficult time concentrating at school.
Vann traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 21st, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.
Vann said, “I hope that surgery will help me to hear again and the infection will go away.”