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Success! Saren from Cambodia raised $648 to fund surgery to reattach his retina so he can see clearly again.

Saren
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$648
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Fully funded
Saren's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Saren post-operation

March 3, 2022

Saren underwent surgery to reattach his retina so he can see clearly again.

Saren was thrilled that he was able to have surgery to repair his detached retina. It may take several weeks for Saren to see full improvement, but surgeons are hopeful he will regain his sight as he continues to heal. This surgery will change Saren’s life because he will be able to plant rice again to feed and support his family, as well as be more useful in his community.

Saren said: “I am relieved that I will be able to be independent again when my eyesight improves, take care of myself, and take care of my family. Thank you to the great staff of CSC and the donors who help Cambodians like me.”

Saren was thrilled that he was able to have surgery to repair his detached retina. It may take several weeks for Saren to see full improveme...

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January 10, 2022

Saren is a 39-year-old rice farmer. He’s married and they have one son and two daughters. Their children are all in public school. His wife is a garment worker in a local factory. In his spare time, Saren likes to play football and read the news on his phone.

About two years ago, he had a traumatic injury to his eye when he fell off his motorbike. He did not receive any care at that time, but the retina of Saren’s left eye detached. Recently he has lost vision in that eye, he only sees shadows, he cannot recognize people and can’t work.

When Saren learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours at the suggestion of his grandmother hoping for treatment. On January 11th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $648 procedure.

“I am worried I might be blind forever, and will not be able to support my family. I hope that this surgery will restore vision to my eye so I can see well again,” he shared.

Saren is a 39-year-old rice farmer. He's married and they have one son and two daughters. Their children are all in public school. His wife ...

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Saren's Timeline

  • January 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saren was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saren received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • January 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saren's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saren's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saren's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Retinal Detachment Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $648 for Saren's treatment
Hospital Fees
$67
Medical Staff
$256
Medication
$0
Supplies
$325
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Symptoms of retinal detachment include floaters in the field of vision, flashes of light when moving the eyes or head, and a curtain over the field of vision. Floaters are specks or globs that appear from clumps of citreous gel breaking down. Other symptoms are the appearance of a curtain-like shadow over the visual field, blurred vision, and reduced peripheral vision.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Retinal detachment is a medical emergency; living with retinal detachment can cause permanent loss of vision.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Surgical eye treatment is not readily accessible in Cambodia. The longer the retina remains detached, the lower the chances are of restoring good vision.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment of retinal detachment involves surgery to reattach the retina. There are three main procedures by which this is done: pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckling surgery, and vitrectomy. In pneumatic retinopexy, air is injected into the middle of the eyeball, which pushes the detached retina to the wall of the eye. This is followed by cryopexy to repair the tear. Scleral buckling surgery involves a piece of silicone material sewn to the outer layer or the eye, relieving the tugging on the retina. In a vitrectomy, vitreous gel is removed from the eye and air, gas, or silicone gel is injected in to flatten the retina. It may take several months for vision to improve.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This surgery is critical to prevent patients with retinal detachment from going blind.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

One possible risk is that the retina cannot be reattached because of scar tissue; if this occurs, the eye will ultimately become blind. The risk of complications from this surgery is small. These complications include bleeding in the eye, increased eye pressure, swelling inside the eye, clouded lens of the eye, double vision, and infection. There is also a risk of needing further surgery if new breaks form in the retina or scar tissue develops.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Patients in need of retinal detachment may travel from across the country to receive free surgical care at CSC, as alternatives are not available and surgical eye specialists are limited.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Retinal detachment requires surgery as treatment; without surgery, vision will continually deteriorate.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.