EAR CENTRE - GREEN PASTURES HOSPITAL - SEPTEMBER 2019


SUNDAR GAIRE

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Sundar Gaire (32 years) is from Waling-3, Syangja, one of the adjoining districts of Kaski. It takes two hour by drive to reach there from Pokhara.He lives with his wife, father, mother and two daughters (7 years and 3 years). He studied up to tenth grade.
Sundar works in Dubai as a foreign employee. While working there he often went to swim in the swimming pool in order to tackle the heat. Unfortunately, one day water entered into his left ear. As the days passed, he began to realise that his listening power was diminishing day by day. Afterwards he went to the hospital in Dubai and started treatment. But his problem couldn’t be healed. After sometime he returned back to Nepal.

In Nepal, one of his relatives suggested him to visit ear centre in Green Pastures Hospital. So he visited there three months ago. He was diagnosed with chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) with left osteoma. Therefore, he was admitted in the hospital and his vital signs were taken and recorded. His hair trimming was done. Next day he was planned for left ear revision mastoid surgery under general anaesthesia. So he underwent small atticotomy with Tympanoplasty, canaloplasty and osteoma removal, an intermediate ear surgery. Beside this he also received laboratory services including biochemistry and serology test, blood test and urinal test, ECG and Pure tome audiometry. After surgery, while examining facial nerve, mouth couldn’t stretch to the left side. Nystagmus on the left side and facial nerve palsy was seen on left. Then physiotherapy for facial palsy was provided as well as vital signs were taken and medicine was provided to him. After staying in the hospital for four days, he was discharged.

After nearly three months, Sundar was back in the hospital for the follow-up. This time he came for the treatment of facial nerve palsy and underwent left revision mastoid exploration under general anaesthesia. He received medical charity support from the ear centre for his treatment.

Sundar and his relatives are happy that Sundar’s hearing has improved and he is much better and also he has received the medical charity support from the hospital, which has reduced some economic burden. Moreover they are glad to see the friendly and clean environment of the hospital.



BURTIBANG - APRIL 2019

SAPANA RASAILY

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Sapana Rasaily (name changed for anonymity) is a 25- year-old woman from Baglung district and she is farmer and a housewife. She lives in a joint family along with her 2 sons.

When she was 6 years of age she developed a wound in her right ear with regular discharge of pus. During that time in her village there were no proper heath facilities and there were very few vehicles. On top of this she belonged to a poor family and could not afford to go far for treatment. She tried home remedies for her ear and after some time her wound healed. Although the wound was healed she gradually started to lose her hearing and she didn’t expect this, but there was nothing she could do. From 24th- 26th April, Green Pastures Hospital conducted a three-day ear outreach camp in Burtibang of Dhorpatan Rural Municipality (RM). She, being a neighbouring resident of Burtibang RM, heard about the ear camp. In the hope of hearing again, she decided to consult the doctor in the camp and did so. In the camp the doctor, after examining her case, suggested she visit the Green Pastures Hospital as her treatment was not possible in the camp.

Following the doctor’s suggestion she visited GPH and she was recommended for surgery and after the agreement with the patient, the doctors operated on her right ear. The doctors also suggested for surgery on left ear as well, after she had recovered from the first operation. Due to hearing deficiency she had left school when she was in grade 4. After surgery she feels lightness in her life and is able to hear much better than before. She is hopeful that in the near future she will be able to hear clearly once the operation on her left ear is done. Previously due to her low hearing she could not communicate easily with other people and even her family members, which used to make her life difficult.

She is very thankful to GPH for conducting ear outreach camps near her home. “If there hadn’t been the ear outreach camp, I might never have been able to correct my hearing deficiency,” says Mrs. Rasaily.



MARCH 2019 - POKHARA

RITA’S STORY
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Rita Kishan (name changed for anonymity), a 23 year old girl is from an extremely poor and backward family. She is from Baglung and lives with her father, mother, elder brother and sister in law. She also has a 3-year-old son. Her husband left her when she was pregnant. She, her father and mother work on a daily wage basis to support the family.

When she was 9 year old she developed a big swelling behind her right ear. During the day she used to feel normal but during the night she used to have severe pain in her ear. After some days blood and puss was released from the wound and the pain also vanished but she developed a hearing problem. She was attending school at that time but she could not understand what the teacher was saying and after a few years she left the school. She was bullied in school because of her hearing problem but her family could not afford her an ear check-up. After dropping out of school at the early age of 14 she started working with her father and mother as a labourer on a daily wage basis in order to help support her family.

Just 2 months ago she again developed swelling but this time it was in the ear canal. The swelling was so big that it hanged outside the canal and was clearly visible by everyone. After consulting with the doctor in her hometown she started some medicine but that did not work at all. She also felt unbearable pain but due to her financial problem she could not go to a better place for her treatment. Then the secretary of her local ward gave her a letter stating her poor economic situation and recommended her to the GP hospital. In GP, surgery was performed to heal her disease. After surgery she is in a very good condition. Now she says she feels very easy and the burden and pain in her ear has disappeared and now she is also able to hear clearly. She is very thankful to the hospital for treating her illness. She loves the hospital management, caring nurses, polite doctors and other supporting staff. Now she hopes she can work more effectively than before and support her family. In future she is committed in providing quality education to her son so that they can get out of poverty.