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Ang from Cambodia raised $264 for vision-restoring surgery.

Ang
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  • $264 raised, $0 to go
$264
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ang's treatment was fully funded on September 17, 2016.
February 9, 2017

Ang did not receive treatment as expected.

Unfortunately, Ang did not receive treatment from CSC. She left the care center while waiting for surgery.

Unfortunately, Ang did not receive treatment from CSC. She left the care center while waiting for surgery....

August 19, 2016

Ang is a 15-year-old girl from Cambodia who has 2 younger brothers. She enjoys reading books and listening to pop music. She traveled 2 hours with her grandmother to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment.

Ang was born with congenital strabismus, a condition that causes her eyes to cross inward. She is shy about her appearance, and is also shy around her friends at school. She is currently in 8th grade.

After a squint correction surgery, Ang’s eyes will be realigned correctly. This procedure will cost $264, but unfortunately Ang’s family is not able to afford it. Once she’s had surgery, Ang will be able to return to school and participate with comfort and confidence. Let’s help make it possible!

Ang is a 15-year-old girl from Cambodia who has 2 younger brothers. She enjoys reading books and listening to pop music. She traveled 2 hour...

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Ang's Timeline

  • August 19, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ang was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 19, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Ang was scheduled to receive treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • September 09, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 09, 2017
    FUNDING ENDED

    Ang is no longer raising funds.

  • February 09, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ang's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Squint / Strabismus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $264 for Ang's treatment
Hospital Fees
$113
Medical Staff
$150
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other. This can cause decreased vision in children and double vision in adults.

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

In children, strabismus can cause amblyopia, or lazy eye, where the vision development is stunted. If not treated early enough, amblyopia can cause permanent decreased vision or blindness. In adults, strabismus can cause double vision, which can be severely debilitating. In addition to headaches and eye strain, symptoms may include an inability to read comfortably, fatigue when reading, and unstable or "jittery" vision. Notably, strabismus interferes with normal eye contact, often causing embarrassment, anger, and feelings of awkwardness. It affects social communication in a fundamental way, with a possible negative effect on self esteem. One study showed that the behavior of strabismic children was marked by inhibition, anxiety, and emotional disorders.

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

The etiology for strabismus in children is poorly understood. Strabismus affects children worldwide and is reported to be present in about 4% of children.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgeons identify and move muscles in the eye in order to straighten the eye. The conjunctiva (clear covering of the white part of the eye) is opened to reveal the muscle and then closed. This is usually done under general anesthesia.

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

For children, straightening the eyes can help treat amblyopia and allow the pathway from the eyes to the brain to develop normally. For adults, straightening the eyes will improve double vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Strabismus surgery can cure the problem. The risk of surgery is low. Certain congenital disorders and syndromes can present with strabismus. In this case, children are fully evaluated by medical specialists.

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

Strabismus is primarily a surgical problem. Many patients travel from far provinces to our medical partner because they cannot receive this care locally.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Some strabismus can be treated with glasses or prisms, but surgery is usually needed.

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