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Success! Hak from Cambodia raised $648 to fund surgery to reattach his retina so he can see clearly.

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Hak's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2021.

Photo of Hak post-operation

January 4, 2022

Hak underwent surgery to reattach his retina so he can see clearly and start working.

Hak had retinal reattachment surgery to repair his eye at Children’s Surgical Centre. His eyesight will be blurry for several days but should greatly improve as he heals. He will rest at home for at least a week, then be able to return to day-to-day activities and farming with his children in about 3-4 weeks. This surgery will enable Hak to work to support his family and make sure his grandchildren can stay in school. Now, Hak will have a more productive life and be useful in his community.

Hak said: “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. Thank you to everyone who helped me with this surgery.”

Hak had retinal reattachment surgery to repair his eye at Children's Surgical Centre. His eyesight will be blurry for several days but shou...

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November 2, 2021

Hak is a 53-year-old farmer with one son, four daughters, and four grandchildren. Hak lives with his wife and their son. His wife and his son are also rice farmers. Hak likes to listen to the radio news and watch Khmer boxing on TV.

One year ago, the retina of Hak’s right eye detached, causing him blurred vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Hak learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 2nd, 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.

Hak says, “I hope my eye can see well after surgery so I can go back to the rice field.”

Hak is a 53-year-old farmer with one son, four daughters, and four grandchildren. Hak lives with his wife and their son. His wife and his so...

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Hak's Timeline

  • November 2, 2021

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

  • November 2, 2021

    Hak 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 4, 2021

    Hak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2021

    Hak's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 4, 2022

    Hak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Retinal Detachment Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $648 for Hak's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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