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Success! Sonyta from Cambodia raised $148 to see clearly again.

Sonyta
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  • $148 raised, $0 to go
$148
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sonyta's treatment was fully funded on November 11, 2016.

Photo of Sonyta post-operation

January 19, 2017

Sonyta can see clearly again.

Sonyta’s treatment went well. She was given eye ointment to apply three times per day in order to fight bacterial infections. Now, Sonyta feels more comfortable.

“I am happy that my daughter looks better,” says her mother. “I am thankful for the doctors that helped on her surgery.”

Sonyta's treatment went well. She was given eye ointment to apply three times per day in order to fight bacterial infections. Now, Sonyta fe...

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October 11, 2016

Sonyta is a 5-year-old kindergartner from Cambodia with one older sister. She likes to play with toy cars. Sonyta’s family knew about Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) because Sonyta’s cousin had surgery here before. She spent one hour traveling with her mother to reach CSC for treatment.

Sonyta developed a chalazion in each eye about one week ago causing swelling. It is difficult for her to go to school and she feels uncomfortable with how it looks when she leaves her home.

For $148, Sonyta will undergo chalazion surgery. Doctors at CSC will remove the cyst from each eye, making Sonyta comfortable again.

Sonyta is a 5-year-old kindergartner from Cambodia with one older sister. She likes to play with toy cars. Sonyta's family knew about Childr...

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Sonyta's Timeline

  • October 11, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sonyta was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 11, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sonyta 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.

  • October 14, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sonyta's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sonyta's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sonyta's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Chalazion
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $148 for Sonyta's treatment
Hospital Fees
$97
Medical Staff
$50
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients feel discomfort and experience swelling on their eyelids. They are sensitive to light. These symptoms are due to the presence of a chalazion, a cyst in the eyelid caused by inflammation of a blocked gland. A chalazion can cause swelling and heaviness on the eyelid, tenderness, sensitivity to light, and increased tearing. A large chalazion can cause astigmatism due to pressure on the cornea.

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

Patients experience discomfort, and light sensitivity often keeps them indoors.

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

If treated early, a chalazion can be treated with topical antibiotic eye drops. However, our medical partner's patients tend to neglect small conditions. The chalazion cases seen at CSC are developed enough to require surgical treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgeons perform a chalazion incision and drainage to remove the chalazion.

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

The chalazion is removed, and the patient can comfortably resume life without any light sensitivity or pain. Patients also tend to feel improved confidence when the chalazion is removed.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This is a low-risk treatment.

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

This surgery is accessible in Cambodia, but it is too expensive for our medical partner's patients.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, infection and damage to the eyelid can occur.

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Peace

Peace is a 60-year-old farmer and a mother of seven children. She is also widowed as her husband unfortunately passed away this year in May due to cancer of the stomach. Peace works incredibly hard to support and take care of her children by earning a living from the coffee and banana plantation that her husband left her with. In addition, she weaves millet baskets and mats earning her an extra income. However, she shared that due to her age, poor eyesight hinders her from weaving now. For a year now, Peace has been experiencing issues of stomach pain, backache, general body weakness paralysis, excessive bleeding, and great discomfort. At first, she thought it was simple abdominal pain and attended the clinic. She was misdiagnosed and given urinary tract infection treatment but was not relieved of her pain. Since then, Peace has been diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus to help her heal. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Peace's surgery. She is scheduled to undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center on August 5th. Once recovered, Peace will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Peace says: “I hope that once I am given financial support, my surgery will be possible, I will get well and continue with farming because my children are still in school and they need my support because they have no one else.”

48% funded

48%funded
$107raised
$112to go

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