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

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Rady's treatment was fully funded on March 26, 2022.

Photo of Rady post-operation

April 8, 2022

Rady underwent ear surgery so he can hear well.

Rady traveled with his wife to Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) to undergo surgery to repair his ruptured eardrums. Everything went well, and he remained overnight at the hospital so the surgeons could ensure there were no complications. As a result of this procedure, Rady no longer has to worry about the cost of replacing his hearing aids, and he can communicate more clearly with his family and community.

Rady said, “Thank you to the CSC staff for helping me with my hearing loss. I had such trouble hearing people when I was outside, and it was difficult to hear my children. Now I don’t have pain or ear discharge, and feel I can be a better listener.”

Rady traveled with his wife to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) to undergo surgery to repair his ruptured eardrums. Everything went well, an...

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January 3, 2022

Rady is a 58-year-old farmer who is married and lives in a rural province of Cambodia.

Seven years ago he went to a government hospital where they diagnosed him with bilateral perforated ear drums and suggested surgery. His family could not afford surgery so instead his wife purchased him hearing aids, but they are now broken. His conditioned has worsened over the years.

Rady traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 3rd, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Rady says, “I really hope my hearing will improve and all the ear discharge will stop.”

Rady is a 58-year-old farmer who is married and lives in a rural province of Cambodia. Seven years ago he went to a government hospital...

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Rady's Timeline

  • January 3, 2022

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

  • January 3, 2022

    Rady 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.

  • January 3, 2022

    Rady's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2022

    Rady's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 8, 2022

    Rady's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Bilateral Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $913 for Rady's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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