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Sing is a playful 5-year-old boy from Cambodia who needs $314 to fund eye surgery to heal his birth condition.

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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

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

  • January 7, 2022

    Sing was scheduled to receive 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

    Sing's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Sing is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

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

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  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $314 for Sing's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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Lydia is a small-scale farmer and a mother of seven. Her husband is also a small-scale farmer and their eldest child is now 50 years old. They own a four-room mud house and work hard to try to make ends meet for their family. Over 20 years ago, Lydia began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck pains and a small swelling which she initially thought would disappear on its own but it did not. Currently, she suffers from airway obstruction and can no longer climb hills comfortably. She very much likes playing and dancing (traditional dances) with her grandchildren but no longer does so comfortably in her current condition. She was scheduled for a surgery appointment at Kabale Referral Hospital about four months ago, but had to cancel because she was unable to raise the funds for surgery. She has now come to Rushoroza Hospital to seek treatment for her multi-nodular goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Lydia receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 14th. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and Lydia and her family need help raising money. Lydia says, “I hope to finally get relieved of the goitre through surgery because I have lived in this undesirable condition for quite long. I hope to continue with farming comfortably after my treatment.”

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