Channet is a bright, 14-year-old student, living in Cambodia. Channet was orphaned when he was a young child, and now lives with his oldest sister. In addition, he has six other siblings to look after him. In school, his favorite subjects are social science and mathematics, and he hopes to be a math teacher when he completes his studies.
Six years ago Channet developed an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. As a result, Channet experiences ear discharge, pain, fever, tinnitus and hearing loss. He struggles to communicate with those around him, and he has stopped attending school due to his hearing loss and frequent infections.
Channet sought help from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, and he is now scheduled to undergo a myringoplasty at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre on December 21st. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation, improving Channet’s ability to hear, and preventing further infections. Children’s Surgical Centre is requesting $487 to fund this procedure, and all of the medications, supplies, and inpatient care that Channet will need.
Channet shared: “I hope after the operation I will feel better, get my hearing back, speak well with others, and enjoy going back to school.”