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Success! Mao from Cambodia raised $648 to fund a retinal detachment surgery so he can see again.

Mao
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$648
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Fully funded
Mao's treatment was fully funded on October 9, 2021.

Photo of Mao post-operation

July 19, 2021

Mao underwent a retinal detachment surgery so he can see again.

After his successful surgery, Mao’s vision will slowly improve and he will soon be able to resume farming to support his family. His symptoms have lessened and he will become more independent as his eyesight gets better. The surgeons look forward to tracking his progress as his eye heals.

His wife said, “I am thankful to the strangers who funded Mao’s surgery and help Cambodians have a better life.”

After his successful surgery, Mao's vision will slowly improve and he will soon be able to resume farming to support his family. His symptom...

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June 9, 2021

Mao is a 51-year-old rice farmer with one son, one daughter, and one grandchild. Mao lives with his wife who is a grocery seller. At home he enjoys listening to the news and Chinese dramas on TV.

Two years ago, the retina of Mao’s left eye detached, causing him blurry vision, pain, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Mao learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled therewith his son seeking treatment. On June 9th, 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.

Mao shared, “I hope after surgery I can see better so I can plant rice and also sell piglets from my motorbike to earn money for my family.”

Mao is a 51-year-old rice farmer with one son, one daughter, and one grandchild. Mao lives with his wife who is a grocery seller. At home he...

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Mao's Timeline

  • June 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mao was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mao 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.

  • June 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mao's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mao's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mao's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Retinal Detachment Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $648 for Mao'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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