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Sona is a woman from Cambodia who needs $175 to fund eye surgery.

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July 8, 2019

Sona is a 27-year-old food seller from Cambodia. She has three older brothers and enjoys playing on social media in her free time.

One week ago, Sona developed a chalazion in her right eye, causing her vision obstruction and irritation. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient’s tear gland. She has a loss in confidence and her eye is often swollen which distracts her from her work.

Sona traveled for half an hour to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. On July 8, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Sona’s symptoms should improve. She needs help raising $175 to fund this procedure.

She says, “I hope that after my surgery I will look and feel better and won’t have to worry about my eyes and can go back to my work.”

Sona is a 27-year-old food seller from Cambodia. She has three older brothers and enjoys playing on social media in her free time. One we...

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Sona's Timeline

  • July 8, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sona was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 08, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sona received 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.

  • July 08, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sona's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Sona's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sona is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Chalazion
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $175 for Sona's treatment
Hospital Fees
$43
Medical Staff
$92
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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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