Noeun is a 63-year-old basket weaver and mother who lives in Kandal province with her husband. Their two children live nearby and often help Noeun around the house. For work, she primarily weaves baskets to sell at the market. She supplements this income by doing part-time work in a rice paddy. In her free time, she enjoys making ansom chek–a Cambodian snack with sticky rice and banana steamed in banana leaves.
About ten years ago, Noeun had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. To this day, Noeun experiences pain and discharge. She has trouble communicating and is constantly uncomfortable. She often spends money at the pharmacy to try different medicines, but she still experiences pain.
Noeun traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On June 1st, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $487 to fund this procedure. This cost will cover her medications, supplies, and inpatient care.
Noeun hopes that after her surgery her hearing will improve and she finally won’t experience pain anymore.