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Success! Davin from Cambodia raised $926 to fund surgery of his inner ear so he can hear and communicate better.

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Davin's treatment was fully funded on November 14, 2022.

Photo of Davin post-operation

November 21, 2022

Davin underwent surgery of his inner ear so he can hear and communicate better.

After surgery, Davin remained in the hospital for several days and was given antibiotics and eardrops to aid in healing and decrease any risk of reinfection. After his ear fully heals in a couple of weeks, his hearing will improve, and he will no longer have frequent infections or ringing in his ears. This will improve his life because he often missed school, or was unable to understand his teacher. He looks forward to doing well in school and playing with his friends again.

Davin’s mother said: “We were worried about Davin for so long, we thought he would never hear again, and it would be difficult for him as he grows up. We will tell our friends and family about this wonderful hospital. Thank you to the donors who donated and to the wonderful doctors and nurses.”

After surgery, Davin remained in the hospital for several days and was given antibiotics and eardrops to aid in healing and decrease any ris...

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June 1, 2022

Davin is a 10-year-old 3rd grade student. He has three older brothers and one older sister. Davin’s parents are rice and lemongrass root farmers. Davin told us how much he enjoys playing football.

Two years ago, Davin had a severe ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. Now, Davin experiences ear pain, discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus. He has difficulty hearing his teacher or classmates and is often absent from school due to his ear pain.

Fortunately, on June 1st, Davin will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $926 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Davin’s parents say, “I hope his hearing improves and he can enjoy school again.”

Davin is a 10-year-old 3rd grade student. He has three older brothers and one older sister. Davin's parents are rice and lemongrass root far...

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Davin's Timeline

  • June 1, 2022

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

  • June 1, 2022

    Davin 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.

  • June 3, 2022

    Davin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 14, 2022

    Davin's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 21, 2022

    Davin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $926 for Davin's treatment
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  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A mastoidectomy is a surgical procedure that removes diseased mastoid air cells. A patient who needs a mastoidectomy will experience hearing loss, chronic ear infections, and possibly cholesteatoma—an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear. Cholesteatomas cause hearing loss and ear discharge. The cholesteatoma will erode bones in the middle ear and can eventually expose the brain and cause death in complicated, untreated cases.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients live with hearing loss and chronic ear infections.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Treated incorrectly or left untreated, an infected mastoid bone can cause hearing loss, persistent ear discharge, meningitis, temporary dizziness, and temporary loss of taste. Due to poor hygiene and limited education in rural Cambodia, patients are likely to experience complications and receive the incorrect treatment.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A mastoidectomy is performed with the patient asleep under general anesthesia. Surgeons will perform one of several different types of mastoidectomy, depending on the amount of infection present. These include: • Simple (or closed) mastoidectomy: The operation is performed through the ear or through an incision behind the ear. The surgeon opens the mastoid bone and removes the infected air cells. The eardrum is incised to drain the middle ear. Topical antibiotics are placed in the ear. • Radical mastoidectomy: This procedure removes the most bone and is usually performed for extensive spread of a cholesteatoma. The eardrum and middle ear structures may be completely removed. Usually the stapes, the "stirrup"-shaped bone, is spared to preserve some hearing. • Modified radical mastoidectomy: In this procedure, some middle ear bones are left in place, and the eardrum is rebuilt by tympanoplasty. After surgery, the wound is stitched up around a drainage tube, and a dressing is applied.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment will relieve chronic ear infections, hearing loss, and other symptoms caused by the infected mastoid bone.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This treatment is highly effective, but it poses risks if performed by an inexperienced surgeon. The operation is near the facial nerve and the brain, so surgeons must be careful when operating. At Children's Surgical Centre, ENT surgeons only operate on cases about which they feel confident.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Care for this condition is not easily accessible in Phnom Penh. Only one other hospital performs ENT surgery, but care at that hospital is expensive. The ENT surgeons at our medical partner have a proven record of successful cases.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Once the infection stops responding to antibiotics, surgery is the only option.

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