With Jamarl, the Deadly Ears outreach team diagnosed the problem and provided him with the corrective surgery he needed in the same week, and within his home community. The surgery, a myringoplasty, involves having a graft to repair the hole in the eardrum. Jamarl had the procedure on his left ear in February 2018, and then required another on his right ear in August 2019.
The procedure is relatively quick, performed in just under an hour by ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons but the result has been life-changing for Jamarl.
At his last follow-up appointment with the Deadly Ears team in February 2020, Jamarl’s two ear drums were intact and his hearing was found to be within normal limits.
“He’s a different boy to the one who walked into the clinic in 2018,” says Deadly Ears nurse Kirsten Bagley, who has helped Jamarl and his family along his journey.