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Success! Sreyna from Cambodia raised $464 to fund life-changing ear surgery.

Sreyna
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Sreyna's treatment was fully funded on July 7, 2022.

Photo of Sreyna post-operation

July 19, 2022

Sreyna underwent life-changing ear surgery.

Sreyna was fortunate to have surgery to repair her eardrum. Prior to surgery, she was not optimistic that her hearing could be fixed, but soon after surgery she was relieved that her symptoms may be gone forever. Sreyna will rest after surgery and apply ear drops frequently to avoid any future infection. She will return to CSC in a few months to re-assess her hearing. She will no longer miss work and her communication with other employees and her family will improve. This treatment will help her be successful in the future and work to help support her family.

Sreyna said: “I am so thankful that I was able to receive this treatment and my hearing will return. Thank you to the CSC staff for helping me with my hearing loss. Our family is thankful to the staff and for the success of the operation. I feel much better talking to people at my job. Thank you for helping me.”

Sreyna was fortunate to have surgery to repair her eardrum. Prior to surgery, she was not optimistic that her hearing could be fixed, but so...

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March 9, 2022

Sreyna is a 27-year-old woman who has been married for seven years. Together they have a five-year-old daughter in primary school. Sreyna works at a government office, while her husband is an electrician for a construction company in the capital of Phnom Penh.

When Sreyna was ten years old, she developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, in her right ear to perforate. As a result, she has been experiencing chronic pain in her right ear, as well as headaches and ringing noise for many years. She has difficulty hearing things clearly, which complicates her communication with others at work and home. She visited several hospitals for treatments over the years but has still been unable to find relief. Even if her symptoms stop for a while, her hearing is still impacted so she cannot communicate well. Consequently, Sreyna shared that she feels shy amongst her co-workers. Overall, the perforation causes Sreyna to feel ill often, which makes it hard for her to work and support her family.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Sreyna receive the treatment she needs to finally heal. On March 9th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure, including Sreyna’s medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Sreyna shared, “I hope that my hearing will improve and I will stop having ear infections. I want to be a good mother and not miss so much work.”

Sreyna is a 27-year-old woman who has been married for seven years. Together they have a five-year-old daughter in primary school. Sreyna wo...

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Sreyna's Timeline

  • March 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sreyna 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.

  • March 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sreyna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 7, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sreyna's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sreyna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Sreyna's treatment
Hospital Fees
$78
Medical Staff
$385
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • 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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