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Poeun is a loving grandfather from Cambodia who needs $914 to fund ear surgery so he can communicate more easily.

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June 7, 2022

Poeun is a 70-year-old grandfather with two daughters, five sons, and six grandchildren. He takes care of his grandchildren when his children go to work.

Eight years ago, Poeun developed a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membranes, or the ear drums, in both of his ears to perforate. As a result, Poeun experiences hearing loss, pain, and discharge, and it is difficult for him to communicate clearly with others.

Poeun traveled to Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, the care center of our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, to seek treatment. On June 7th, he will undergo a procedure on both ears, during which doctors will close the perforations. Children’s Surgical Centre is requesting $914 to fund this procedure, and to cover Poeun’s medications, supplies and inpatient care.

Poeun says: “I hope after surgery my hearing improves and the pain stops.”

Poeun is a 70-year-old grandfather with two daughters, five sons, and six grandchildren. He takes care of his grandchildren when his childre...

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Poeun's Timeline

  • June 7, 2022

    Poeun was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 7, 2022

    Poeun was scheduled to receive treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. 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.

  • June 9, 2022

    Poeun's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Poeun is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Bilateral Myringoplasty
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $914 for Poeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
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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?

The 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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Chetra is a bright and active 15-year-old from Cambodia with big goals. He has three sisters and is the third child in his family. His father unfortunately passed away several years ago, so his mother single-handedly supports their family by working in a garment factory. Chetra enjoys playing football, playing games, and listening to music. He is currently in grade nine, and he thrives in math and Khmer literature. In the future, he aspires to be a lawyer. When Chetra was only six years old, a finger on his left hand was damaged by an electric burn. After the accident, his mother took him to a hospital to receive care for his wound, but he developed a contracture, which is the shortening and hardening of tendons and other tissue. This leads to the tightening of the skin surrounding the burn. Several years ago, Chetra underwent surgery in hopes of healing his condition, but there was unfortunately no improvement. He is currently unable to hold objects using his left hand and is in pain when he tries to straighten his finger. When Chetra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 25th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his left hand easily again. This procedure will include a skin graft to cover the wound. Now, he and his family need help to fund this $495 procedure. Chetra says, "I hope I can use my finger again soon and can grip things."

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