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Success! Sing from Cambodia raised $314 to fund eye surgery to heal his birth condition.

Sing
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$314
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$0
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Fully funded
Sing's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Sing post-operation

February 24, 2022

Sing underwent eye surgery to heal his birth condition.

Sing’s eye surgery was a success! Sing and his parents traveled to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, to surgically repair his eyelid. He’ll rest for several days, before having his stitches removed in about a week. He looks forward to returning to kindergarten and plans to work and study hard as he grows up. His family is incredibly thankful to the staff, and for the success of the operation, as he can now grow up without being worried or self-conscious about his eye. We’re all rooting for you, Sing!

Sing’s mom said: “I am happy my son’s eye is better. He was ashamed to play with his friends because his eye looked bad. Now he can go to school, be with his friends, and feel good about himself. Thank you to everyone who helped him be a happy child.”

Sing's eye surgery was a success! Sing and his parents traveled to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, to surgically repair his...

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January 6, 2022

Sing is a 5-year-old boy in kindergarten. He has three brothers and he is the youngest in his family. His parents are garment workers in a local factory that makes t-shirts. When Sing is not in school he likes to play with toy cars with his brothers.

Sing has ptosis in his left eye. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. He has had this condition since he was born. He feels uncomfortable at school because he can’t read the blackboard, and children make fun of his droopy eyelid.

Sing traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 7th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve his vision. Now, Sing needs help to raise $314 to fund this procedure.

Sing’s mother said: “After surgery, I hope his eyelid looks normal like his brothers. He can go to school, and not be afraid that other children will make fun of him.”

Sing is a 5-year-old boy in kindergarten. He has three brothers and he is the youngest in his family. His parents are garment workers in a l...

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Sing's Timeline

  • January 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 7, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sing 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.

  • January 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sing's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sing's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 24, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sing's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Ptosis
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $314 for Sing's treatment
Hospital Fees
$62
Medical Staff
$212
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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