Chandy is a 56-year-old grandmother from Cambodia who lives with her husband and three of her four children. Her oldest child married last year and moved to a nearby village. Chandy and her husband are vegetable farmers, and they also help care for their grandchild when their daughter is at work. In her free time, Chandy enjoys listening to the radio and spending time with her family.
Around fifteen years ago, Chandy had an ear infection. This infection caused her left ear’s tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, to perforate. For this reason, Chandy experiences hearing loss, pain, and discharge. She feels embarrassed talking with other people, experiences frequent discomfort, and spends a lot of their income on numerous medicines from the pharmacy that don’t help long-term.
Chandy traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On October 4th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $487 to fund this procedure, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.
Chandy said, “I hope I can stop this problem and improve my hearing so I can go out more and make it easier to care for my grandchild.”