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Success! Piseth from Cambodia raised $809 to restore his hearing.

Piseth
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$809
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Fully funded
Piseth's treatment was fully funded on September 4, 2016.

Photo of Piseth post-operation

October 19, 2016

Piseth successfully received surgery to restore his hearing.

Piseth’s doing great! His mastoidectomy surgery went well. While he still feels mild pain as the wound heals, the ear infection has completely gone away. He’s at home resting now with his family, and his doctors say he’s right on track for a full recovery.

“I am very happy that my son had the operation done and he will stop having ear pain and infections,” shares Piseth’s mother.

Piseth's doing great! His mastoidectomy surgery went well. While he still feels mild pain as the wound heals, the ear infection has complete...

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July 28, 2016

Piseth is a 10-year-old boy in 1st grade from Cambodia and he is an only child. Piseth enjoys playing football and watching TV. He traveled 2 hours with his mom to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment.

Piseth developed a left ear infection when he was 5 years old that has caused daily ear discharge, pain, and hearing loss. ENT doctors discovered a perforated tympanic membrane and tymapnic membrane retraction that has caused the formation of a cholesteatoma, an abnormal skin growth in the middle of the ear behind the eardrum.

ENT surgeons will perform a tympano-mastoidectomy, removing the infected area and abnormal growth, to repair the perforated eardrum and treat the cholesteatoma.

In Piseth’s own words “I am upset that I have ear pain and can’t communicate easily with people at school because of my hearing.” $809 funds a treatment that will restore Piseth’s proper hearing; let’s help him get back to normal.

Piseth is a 10-year-old boy in 1st grade from Cambodia and he is an only child. Piseth enjoys playing football and watching TV. He traveled ...

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Piseth's Timeline

  • July 28, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Piseth was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 28, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Piseth 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.

  • August 29, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Piseth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 04, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Piseth's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 19, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Piseth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A mastoidectomy is a surgical procedure that removes diseased mastoid air cells. A patient who needs a mastoidectomy will experience hearing loss, chronic ear infections, and possibly cholesteatoma—an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear. Cholesteatomas cause hearing loss and ear discharge. The cholesteatoma will erode bones in the middle ear and can eventually expose the brain and cause death in complicated, untreated cases.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients live with hearing loss and chronic ear infections.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Treated incorrectly or left untreated, an infected mastoid bone can cause hearing loss, persistent ear discharge, meningitis, temporary dizziness, and temporary loss of taste. Due to poor hygiene and limited education in rural Cambodia, patients are likely to experience complications and receive the incorrect treatment.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A mastoidectomy is performed with the patient asleep under general anesthesia. Surgeons will perform one of several different types of mastoidectomy, depending on the amount of infection present. These include: • Simple (or closed) mastoidectomy: The operation is performed through the ear or through an incision behind the ear. The surgeon opens the mastoid bone and removes the infected air cells. The eardrum is incised to drain the middle ear. Topical antibiotics are placed in the ear. • Radical mastoidectomy: This procedure removes the most bone and is usually performed for extensive spread of a cholesteatoma. The eardrum and middle ear structures may be completely removed. Usually the stapes, the "stirrup"-shaped bone, is spared to preserve some hearing. • Modified radical mastoidectomy: In this procedure, some middle ear bones are left in place, and the eardrum is rebuilt by tympanoplasty. After surgery, the wound is stitched up around a drainage tube, and a dressing is applied.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment will relieve chronic ear infections, hearing loss, and other symptoms caused by the infected mastoid bone.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This treatment is highly effective, but it poses risks if performed by an inexperienced surgeon. The operation is near the facial nerve and the brain, so surgeons must be careful when operating. At Children's Surgical Centre, ENT surgeons only operate on cases about which they feel confident.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Care for this condition is not easily accessible in Phnom Penh. Only one other hospital performs ENT surgery, but care at that hospital is expensive. The ENT surgeons at our medical partner have a proven record of successful cases.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Once the infection stops responding to antibiotics, surgery is the only option.

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