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Success! Thunchey from Cambodia raised $913 to fund ear surgery so he can hear again.

Thunchey
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$913
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$0
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Fully funded
Thunchey's treatment was fully funded on September 3, 2021.

Photo of Thunchey post-operation

August 9, 2021

Thunchey underwent ear surgery so he can hear again.

Thunchey had successful surgery to repair both of his tympanic membranes, helping him to hear clearly once again. Thunchey will no longer have pain or hearing loss and will be able to return to school to continue his studies.

Thunchey’s sister said: “I am so relieved my brother’s hearing will return. He is a very smart student and has plans for the future. He’ll be able to continue to study much more easily since he will be able to communicate better.”

Thunchey had successful surgery to repair both of his tympanic membranes, helping him to hear clearly once again. Thunchey will no longer ha...

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July 13, 2021

Thunchey is am 11th grade student and the youngest of five children in his family. At school, Thunchey’s favorite subject is mathematics. Outside of school, he loves to play football and wants to start a Youtube channel to share about life in Cambodia.

One year ago, Thunchey had a severe ear infection, causing his eardrums in both ears to perforate. Thunchey experiences pain, pus discharge, and hearing loss. He cannot communicate clearly with others and often has to miss school.

Thunchey traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 13th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears so that the surgeons can repair his eardrums. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Thunchey is eager to recover, “I hope that I can hear well after this surgery and understand my friends better. I can become a better friend and soccer player.”

Thunchey is am 11th grade student and the youngest of five children in his family. At school, Thunchey's favorite subject is mathematics. Ou...

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Thunchey's Timeline

  • July 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thunchey 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.

  • July 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thunchey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thunchey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 3, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thunchey's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Bilateral Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $913 for Thunchey's treatment
Hospital Fees
$141
Medical Staff
$771
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • 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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