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Success! Chhanun from Cambodia raised $487 to fund ear repair surgery.

Chhanun
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  • $487 raised, $0 to go
$487
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Chhanun's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2022.

Photo of Chhanun post-operation

December 27, 2022

Chhanun underwent ear repair surgery so he can communicate more easily.

Chhanun and his grandmother traveled for over four hours to have his ear surgery. He was a bit shy with the surgical team but soon warmed up to them. He had a successful surgery and he and his grandmother returned home after a night in the hospital. When Chhanun is fully healed, his hearing will improve and he will be able to communicate better. This will help him tremendously as he starts school and as he goes after the big dreams he has!

Chhanun’s grandmother said: “my grandson was very brave at the hospital, and has decided he wants to be a doctor when he grows up. Thank you to the people who paid for his surgery and the doctors who fixed his ear.

Chhanun and his grandmother traveled for over four hours to have his ear surgery. He was a bit shy with the surgical team but soon warmed up...

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July 13, 2022

Chhanun is a playful five-year-old preschool student from Cambodia who has four older sisters. He currently lives with his grandmother because his parents are migrant workers in Thailand. They have not been able to visit him in two years. At home, Chhanun loves to play football and with his toys.

When he was three-years-old, Chhanun had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. He now experiences ear pain, discharge, and hearing loss. His condition also makes it difficult to communicate clearly with others.

Fortunately, Chhanun and his family traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 13th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his 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 covers supplies, treatment, and inpatient care.

Chhanun’s grandmother says, “I hope his hearing improves and his pain goes away after this surgery.”

Chhanun is a playful five-year-old preschool student from Cambodia who has four older sisters. He currently lives with his grandmother becau...

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Chhanun's Timeline

  • July 13, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 13, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhanun 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.

  • July 13, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhanun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 19, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhanun's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 27, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhanun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $487 for Chhanun'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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