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Success! Sarorn from Cambodia raised $464 to fund eardrum repair surgery to restore her hearing.

Sarorn
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$464
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$0
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Fully funded
Sarorn's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2021.

Photo of Sarorn post-operation

December 8, 2021

Sarorn underwent eardrum repair surgery to restore her hearing.

Sarorn took her relative’s advice and traveled three hours to Children’s Surgical Centre for diagnosis and surgery. She rested for a few days and took antibiotics to make sure her infection will not return. She can already hear better and communicate with others. She looks forward to returning to a full life with her family.

Saron’s husband said: “we are so relieved that Sarorn is not sick anymore. She has no pain, and her hearing is much better. Our children are happy she feels better now. Thank you to all who helped her to have this surgery.”

Sarorn took her relative's advice and traveled three hours to Children's Surgical Centre for diagnosis and surgery. She rested for a few day...

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November 4, 2021

Sarorn is a 45-year-old farmer who is married and her husband also works as a farmer. Together, they have two daughters. In her free time, Sarorn enjoys watching TV at home.

Three months ago, Sarorn developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, in her right ear to perforate. As a result, Sarorn experiences pain, itchiness, ear discharge, and a ringing in her ears known as tinnitus. These symptoms make it difficult for her to communicate well with others.

As medication from the pharmacy has not helped, Sarorn traveled to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), hoping to receive treatment. On November 4th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure, in which surgeons will close the perforation in her right ear. CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure, which includes all medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Sarorn shared, “I really hope my ear pain will stop and my hearing can improve.”

Sarorn is a 45-year-old farmer who is married and her husband also works as a farmer. Together, they have two daughters. In her free time, S...

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Sarorn's Timeline

  • November 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sarorn 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.

  • November 5, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sarorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sarorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sarorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Sarorn'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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