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Success! Ya from Cambodia raised $464 to fund life-changing ear surgery.

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Ya's treatment was fully funded on June 28, 2022.

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July 10, 2022

Ya underwent life-changing ear surgery.

Ya traveled to our medical partner CSC to have surgery to repair her ruptured tympanic membrane. Prior to surgery, Ya was not optimistic that her hearing would ever be better, but soon after surgery, she was thrilled that the tinnitus and pain were decreased. She will rest for a few days, and apply antibiotic ear drops to ensure the infections will not return. Her hearing will slowly improve, and she will be able to return to work in the factory. This will help to support her family and make sure they have funds to keep their daughters in school.

Ya said: “thank you to the CSC staff for helping me with my hearing loss. I had such trouble hearing people when I was at work, and it was difficult to hear my children. Now I don’t have pain or ear discharge, and I can be a better listener. I am thankful to the people who funded my surgery and hope that they continue to help Cambodians with hearing problems!”

Ya traveled to our medical partner CSC to have surgery to repair her ruptured tympanic membrane. Prior to surgery, Ya was not optimistic tha...

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March 7, 2022

Ya is a 40-year-old woman and a mother of four daughters. She works as a factory housekeeper, while her husband works in construction in the capital city Phnom Penh, which is three hours from their province. Their daughters are all in public school. When Ya is not caring for them, she likes to listen and sing along to music and spend time with her mother.

Thirty-five years ago, Ya developed an ear infection that caused her left ear’s tympanic membrane (or eardrum) to perforate. As a result, Ya experiences hearing loss, frequent ear infections, tinnitus, and severe pain. Ya shared that it’s also difficult to communicate with others, which has been really hard on her self-esteem.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Ya finally heal. On March 7th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure; this covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Ya is hopeful that her hearing will finally improve and she will be rid of the chronic infections because of her surgery.

Ya is a 40-year-old woman and a mother of four daughters. She works as a factory housekeeper, while her husband works in construction in the...

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Ya's Timeline

  • March 7, 2022

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

  • March 7, 2022

    Ya received 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.

  • March 11, 2022

    Ya's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 28, 2022

    Ya's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 10, 2022

    Ya's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Ya'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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