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Success! Vanna from Cambodia raised $292 to fund eye surgery.

Vanna
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vanna's treatment was fully funded on October 26, 2018.

Photo of Vanna post-operation

August 16, 2018

Vanna underwent eye surgery.

Vanna’s operation went smoothly and he has returned home. His eye is a little bit swollen after surgery, but he’s been given drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Following surgery, Vanna’s eyelid has been lifted, improving his vision and confidence

His mother says, “I am happy with my son’s surgery. His eyelids are looking good and he will be able to see very well now. He also won’t be shy about his looks.”

Vanna's operation went smoothly and he has returned home. His eye is a little bit swollen after surgery, but he's been given drops to reduce...

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August 8, 2018

Vanna is a two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He likes to play with toy cars at home.

Vanna has ptosis in both eyes. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. He has difficulty seeing clearly.

Vanna traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 9, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve his vision. Now, Vanna needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure.

His mother says, “I worry about my son and I want his eyelids to look normal so that he can easily see well.”

Vanna is a two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He likes to play with toy cars at home. Vanna has ptosis in both eyes. Ptosis occurs when the ...

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Vanna's Timeline

  • August 8, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 09, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vanna 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.

  • August 09, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vanna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 16, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vanna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 26, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vanna's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Ptosis
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Vanna's treatment
Hospital Fees
$62
Medical Staff
$190
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Ptosis is a drooping eyelid that obstructs vision. The patient can experience blurred vision and tearing.

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

Untreated ptosis can lead to amblyopia, or lazy eye, which can lead to permanent decreased vision or blindness.

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

Ptosis may occur more frequently in Cambodia due to higher incidence of trauma. Congenital ptosis is associated with other syndromic conditions affecting Cambodian children, which may occur in part from environmental exposures.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The kind of ptosis repair a patient requires is determined by the degree of eyelid drooping and the cause of the ptosis. Sometimes, the excess skin from the upper eyelid can simply be shortened. Sometimes, the connective tissues and ligaments of the eyelid muscles need to be repaired. In the case of congenital ptosis, a connection with the forehead musculature needs to be fashioned.

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

Patients no longer experience obstructed vision. This improvement is very important for children, who are at risk of developing amblyopia.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Ptosis surgery is relatively successful and low-risk. In some cases, a second procedure is needed if the tissues continue to degenerate.

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

There are not many sites in Cambodia that offer this surgery to patients who cannot pay.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

When ptosis affects the visual field, surgery is the only available treatment.

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