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Success! Phalleap from Cambodia raised $487 to fund eardrum surgery to improve his hearing.

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Phalleap's treatment was fully funded on July 14, 2022.

Photo of Phalleap post-operation

July 21, 2022

Phalleap underwent eardrum surgery to improve his hearing.

Phalleap and his parents traveled two hours to Children’s Surgical Centre for diagnosis and treatment. After surgery, he remained in the hospital for several days and was given antibiotics and eardrops to aid in healing and decrease any risk of reinfection. After his ear fully heals, his hearing will be strong and he will no longer have frequent infections or ear discharge. This will improve his life because the infections and discharge made it difficult for him to work and socialize with friends.

Phalleap said: “Thank you to the doctors who fixed my ear and everyone who helped to pay for my care. I am relieved that my ear has been fixed and I will hear well again. This will help me communicate with customers and my family and friends.”

Phalleap and his parents traveled two hours to Children's Surgical Centre for diagnosis and treatment. After surgery, he remained in the hos...

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April 21, 2022

Phalleap is a 17-year-old blacksmith. His parents are farmers, and he has four siblings. In his free time, Phalleap enjoys playing football and listening to music.

When Phalleap was five years old, he developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or the eardrum, in his right ear to perforate. As a result, he experiences pain, hearing loss, and ear discharge, and he cannot communicate clearly with others.

Fortunately, Phalleap was able to travel to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment at the care center. On April 21st, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $487 to fund this surgery, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Phalleap shared, “I really hope my hearing improves after surgery.”

Phalleap is a 17-year-old blacksmith. His parents are farmers, and he has four siblings. In his free time, Phalleap enjoys playing football ...

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Phalleap's Timeline

  • April 21, 2022

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

  • April 21, 2022

    Phalleap 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.

  • April 25, 2022

    Phalleap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2022

    Phalleap's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 21, 2022

    Phalleap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $487 for Phalleap'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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