Chan Monny is a 32-year-old monk from Battambang province. He has been a monk since he was 17 years old, and lives with his mother at the pagoda.
When he was two years old, Chan Monny developed an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Chan Monny still experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, pain, and headaches. It is difficult to communicate with other people, and he shared that he feels embarrassed because he often doesn’t understand people when they ask him for a blessing. For several years he tried purchasing medicine from a local pharmacy, but he never found anything that could alleviate his symptoms.
Chan Monny sought help from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, and is now scheduled to undergo a myringoplasty on December 21st, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation in Chan Monny’s ear, which should allow him to hear more clearly and to no longer suffer from any of the other symptoms he has been living with. Children’s Surgical Centre is requesting $487 to fund this procedure. This money will cover all the medications, supplies, and inpatient care for Chan Monny.
Chan Monny said: “I hope after the operation my ear will get better, my hearing will improve, and I will have no more infections to worry about.”