Hamith is a ten-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his family in Kandal province where his father is a journalist and his mother is a factory worker. He has one sister and one brother. At school, he is in the fourth grade, where his favorite subjects are Khmer, mathematics, social science, and English. Although he loves academics, Hamith aspires to be a footballer when he grows up.
When he was very young, Hamith developed an ear infection. This infection caused his right ear’s tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, to perforate. As a result, Hamith experiences frequent ear discharge, pain, tinnitus, and progressive hearing loss. He cannot communicate clearly with those around him and struggles to hear his teacher in class.
Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is seeking $487 to fund a myringoplasty for Hamith, which will repair the perforation in his eardrum. The procedure is scheduled for April 25th at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Once he has recovered, Hamith’s life will no longer be disrupted by the unpleasant symptoms he has been living with.
Hamith’s mother said: “We hope that after surgery, Hamith will be healthy, his hearing will be better, and he can return to school.”