Sokha is a 64-year-old auto rickshaw (tuk-tuk) driver. He and his wife live in Phnom Penh and have four children. Two of their children are married and live nearby; the other two children still live at home. When not driving his tuk-tuk around the city, Sokha likes to grow vegetables near his home to supplement their diet.
For many years, Sokha had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. This has caused Sokha to experience pain, ear discharge, and hearing loss. He has had tinnitus (ringing in the ear) for many years, which makes it hard to work with the public. He cannot communicate clearly with others, especially passengers in his tuk-tuk who he has difficulty understanding. A relative referred him to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) to assess the problem and try to fix his hearing.
Fortunately, CSC can help. On September 5th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation, patching the hole in the ear drum. Sokha is able to contribute $100 for the treatment and CSC is requesting $487 to fully fund this procedure. This covers the surgery, medications, supplies, and inpatient care.
Sokha said: “I hope to get well from this illness after I have surgery. I would like my hearing to be better and have no more ear infections.”