Children’s Surgical Centre is a non-profit dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare to low-income Cambodians.
Founded by Dr. Jim Gollogly, a British-American surgeon who previously worked with the American Red Cross, CSC’s work has been featured by the BBC and has earned the organization a silver rating on GuideStar.
CSC’s audited financials and annual reports are publicly available on their website.
Lun is an 82-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married and has four children and eight grandchildren. He likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio, read books on Buddhism, and meditate at the pagoda. Recently, Lun developed cataracts in both eyes, causing blurred vision, tearing, cloudy lenses, and photophobia, an extreme sensitivity to light. He now has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing the faces of family and friends, and reading. He has also been unable to perform work around the house or go outside by himself. Lun heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, from a neighbor in his village who had surgery there before. Lun traveled with his grandson, reaching the center in hopes of receiving treatment. "I hope my eyes can see everything more clearly than now,” Lun says, “so that I can recognize the faces of everyone, read, and do any kind of work easily." Lun is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery on January 17. Our medical partner is requesting $292 to cover the cost of the operation, lens implants for each eye, and medication. After surgery, Lun will be able to see clearly again.
Moeun is a 70-year-old housewife from Cambodia with five sons and two daughters. She likes to stay at home, look after her grandchildren, and cook for her family. In 2011, Moeun fell, resulting in a fracture in her right femur. In 2012, she first came to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to heal her fracture. She traveled four hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. Later that year, she returned to remove the hardware from the procedure. However, a few days later, she fractured her femur once again, and surgeons performed another ORIF procedure and bone graft to heal her injury. Moeun recently returned to CSC because it is difficult for her to walk, and she is in pain. Surgeons at CSC will remove the hardware from her second ORIF procedure to allow Moeun to feel comfortable again. The surgery is scheduled for January 17, and our medical partner is requesting $411 to fund the treatment.
Phanny is a married mother with two sons and one daughter. She enjoys cooking and looking after her children. As a result of multiple falls in the past, Phanny now experiences hip and radicular pain. Radicular pain refers to pain-related symptoms in the lower leg that are often associated with inflammation of a spinal root nerve in the spinal column. Phanny has stress fractures in her spine. She also has spondylolisthesis, which occurs when one vertebra slips out of place onto the vertebrae below. She experiences back pain, and it is difficult for her to walk. Together with her husband, Phanny traveled to see surgeons at our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Phanny will undergo spinal surgery on January 16. Surgeons will perform a decompression surgery to remove parts of her spine that are pressing on her nerves. Then, they will stabilize her spine with hardware. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $450 to fund this surgery so that Phanny can walk more easily and without pain.
Meet Im, a 57-year-old married mother from Cambodia. Im has four sons and two daughters. She enjoys watching TV and looking after her grandchildren. 20 years ago, Im developed a tumor on the middle finger of her right hand. The mass has been growing in size over the past two years. It is extremely difficult for Im to use her finger, and she is in pain. Im visited our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. She is scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor on January 17. For $224, we can help fund Im's surgery, so that she will be pain-free and able to play with her grandchildren!
Nhor is a 52-year-old rice farmer who is married and has four sons, three daughters, and four grandchildren. She enjoys watching the comedy program and the news on TV. She also enjoys going to the pagoda to listen to monks pray. About ten years ago, Nhor began to develop a pterygium, a benign growth of tissue, in each eye. Because of her eye condition, she has difficulty in seeing clearly, which impacts her independence and ability to work. Her daily symptoms of blurred vision, burning, and itchiness cause her to worry about going blind. Nhor learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from her sister. She traveled three hours with her husband to reach CSC. On January 16, surgeons will remove the pterygium from each of her eyes. After recovery, Nhor will be able to see clearly again and return to work. CSC is requesting $148 to fund this procedure. "I hope that I feel more comfortable than I do now so that I can easily plant rice or plant some vegetables around my home," says Nhor.
Touch is a 70-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has four sons, two daughters, and 15 grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray at the pagoda and read books. About a year ago, Touch developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, burning, and tearing. She finds it difficult to see clearly, so she is not able to go anywhere by herself or do any work. She is also worried about going blind. When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she travelled two hours with her daughter for treatment. She has been scheduled for surgery on January 17. Our medical partner is requesting $292 to fund the surgery. A successful surgery will enable Touch to see clearly. Touch says, "I hope to see everything more clearly than now so that I can read any book and do housework or clean around my home."
Seng Thai is a 15-year-old student from Cambodia. During his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and reading books. He is the youngest of three in his family, with one sister and one brother. When Seng Thai was a young boy, he developed a right ear infection that spread to his left. This infection left both of his eardrums perforated. Because of this condition, he experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, and ringing in his ears. These symptoms make it difficult for Seng Thai to hear in school. Seng Thai and his guardian traveled one hour by motorbike to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for evaluation and treatment. On January 17, he will undergo surgery to repair his eardrums. This will allow his hearing to improve. Now, CSC is requesting $831 in funding.
Saret is a 35-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons and one daughter. In her free time, she likes to listen to hip hop and classical music, watch Thai and Khmer dramas on TV, and play games. About six years ago, Saret developed a pterygium in each eye, meaning that an abnormal growth has formed in the clear, thin tissue underlying both of her eyelids. The pterygiums cause constant tearing, burning, and pain. It has become difficult for her to see things clearly, perform her work, and travel by herself. She is also worried about going blind. Fortunately, Saret and her husband have been able to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), so that she can receive the necessary treatment. Eye surgeons at CSC will remove the pterygium from each of her eyes, allowing her vision to improve. Saret is currently scheduled to undergo the procedure on January 18. Now, CSC is requesting $148 to pay for the costs of the procedure. Saret says, "I hope to look better, and I want to be able to easily work on the farm and go anywhere by myself."
Muon is a 58-year-old cook from Cambodia. She is married and has five children and seven grandchildren. She enjoys watching TV dramas and going to church to learn and listen to the pastor. About 20 years ago, Muon developed a painful growth called a pterygium in each eye, impairing her vision. Not being able to see things clearly makes doing any type of work difficult, and Muon worries about going blind. "I hope to feel more comfortable because I want to continue my work at the church and I want to be able to go anywhere by myself," says Muon. Muon and her daughter traveled for one hour to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On January 12, eye surgeons from CSC will remove the pterygium from each of Muon's eyes, allowing her to see clearly again! CSC is requesting $148 to fund this procedure.
Saroeun is a 47-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has two sons and four daughters. In his free time, Saroeun enjoys taking care of his garden, cleaning around his home, and looking after his children. In November of 2016, Saroeun was hit by a cow and fractured his left forearm. Saroeun first went to seek treatment from a traditional Khmer healer, but to no avail. The fracture did not improve. The pain from the fracture makes it difficult for Saroeun to use his left arm and to carry out his daily activities. Saroeun learned about our medial partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his brother. He and his wife then traveled for four hours in order to reach CSC for assistance. CSC surgeons will be performing an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery to repair the fracture. They will use steel rods, screws, or plates to realign the bone to its normal position and stabilize it to allow proper healing. Saroeun will be receiving this surgery on January 11 at CSC's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. To fund Saroeun's treatment, CSC is requesting $411. After the fracture heals, Saroeun will be able to use his left arm normally again.
Chhen is 60 years old. He is married with three sons, one daughter, and fifteen grandchildren. He likes to read books about Buddhism, listen to monks pray on the radio, and go to ceremonies at the pagoda. Chhen heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. He traveled for five hours with his daughter to reach CSC for treatment. Three years ago, Chhen developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any work, and go anywhere outside by himself. Chhen says, "I hope my eyes can see more clearly than now so that I can recognize the faces of everyone, do any kind of work, and go anywhere by myself. I want to help my family do some housework, like cook, clean, and take care of my grandchildren." Chhen will undergo treatment on January 16 to help him see clearly again and improve his quality of life. Doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. Our medical partner is requesting $292 to fund his treatment.
Mean is a 66-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has two sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren. He likes to watch TV and listen to the monks pray at the pagoda. Recently, Mean developed a cataract in each of his eyes, which has led to tearing, burning, irritation, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. Due to his blurred vision, Mean has trouble seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, going anywhere by himself, and doing his work. Mean traveled for three hours with his daughter to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment of his cataracts. On January 17, Mean will undergo vision-restoring cataract surgery. Surgeons will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $292 to fund the procedure. Mean hopes that his clearer vision will help him earn money to support his family.