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

Pheak
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$648
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Fully funded
Pheak's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Pheak post-operation

January 5, 2022

Pheak underwent retinal detachment surgery so he can see clearly again.

Pheak’s retinal reattachment surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre was a success! The surgeons expect his eyesight to be blurry for several days and improve as he heals. Pheak will rest at home for a week and return to his regular activity in 3-4 weeks. As a result of his surgery, Pheak will have more opportunities to find a well-paying job to support his family and live a more productive life in his community.

Pheak shared, “I am so thankful I was able to receive this treatment. I will be able to work again to support my family, and my health will be better.”

Pheak's retinal reattachment surgery at Children's Surgical Centre was a success! The surgeons expect his eyesight to be blurry for several ...

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November 9, 2021

Pheak is a 33-year-old construction worker. He is married and has two daughters who are in elementary school. His wife stays at home to take care of them. When Pheak is not working he enjoys watching boxing matches, listening to the news, and telling stories to his daughters.

Five years ago, the retina of Pheak’s right eye detached, causing him blurred vision and irritation. He has had limited work opportunities due to this condition as well.

When Pheak learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 9th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $648 procedure.

Pheak said, “I am hopeful that when my vision is better I can work more and support my family well.”

Pheak is a 33-year-old construction worker. He is married and has two daughters who are in elementary school. His wife stays at home to take...

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Pheak's Timeline

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pheak 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.

  • November 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pheak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pheak's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pheak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Retinal Detachment Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $648 for Pheak'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.