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Success! Srey Pov from Cambodia raised $487 to fund ear surgery.

Srey Pov
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$487
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Srey Pov's treatment was fully funded on October 23, 2022.

Photo of Srey Pov post-operation

November 3, 2022

Srey Pov underwent ear surgery and is excited to get back to school.

Srey Pov and her parents traveled to our medical partner CSC for diagnosis and surgery and were very pleased with the results! Her hearing is expected to fully return to normal and she hopes to have no more infections. With this improvement, Srey Pov has new hope that she will feel healthy again. This will improve her communication and help her to perform better in school.

Srey Pov said: “Thank you to the staff and everyone who helped me. I was ashamed when I had infections and could not hear or go to school. I feel better now and look forward to finishing high school. My mother is happy because she won’t have to pay for medicine that didn’t work.”

Srey Pov and her parents traveled to our medical partner CSC for diagnosis and surgery and were very pleased with the results! Her hearing i...

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May 10, 2022

Srey Pov is an 18-year-old student. Srey Pov’s parents are rice farmers and her father drives a moto-taxi in his free time to earn extra income for their family. They live four hours away from the capital city in the Kep province. Srey Pov has one sister and one brother. Srey Pov told us that she enjoys watching Youtube to learn about beauty tips!

In 2009, Srey Pov had an ear infection. This infection caused the ear drum in her right ear ear to perforate. Srey Pov now experiences pain, discharge, and tinnitus. The tinnitus and pain disturbs her studying and makes it difficult to communicate with others.

Srey Pov traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 10th, Srey Pov will undergo surgery in her right ear ear to close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $487 to fund this procedure, medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Srey Pov says, “I hope the pain will stop and my hearing improves after surgery.”

Srey Pov is an 18-year-old student. Srey Pov's parents are rice farmers and her father drives a moto-taxi in his free time to earn extra inc...

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Srey Pov's Timeline

  • May 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Srey Pov 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.

  • May 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srey Pov's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 23, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srey Pov's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srey Pov's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $487 for Srey Pov's treatment
Hospital Fees
$61
Medical Staff
$375
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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