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Success! Sothan from Cambodia raised $210 to fund eye surgery.

Sothan
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  • $210 raised, $0 to go
$210
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sothan's treatment was fully funded on December 12, 2022.

Photo of Sothan post-operation

December 20, 2022

Sothan underwent eye surgery.

Sothan had successful surgery and is resting at home with antibiotics to decrease the risk of infection. It may take several weeks before his eye heals completely, but the redness and swelling have disappeared, and this will help him see well enough to drive his taxi and live more comfortably. He is the sole breadwinner for his family, and it is important for him to have a job to provide for the people he loves.

Sothan said: “I am so happy my eye will look better and won’t be ugly. I am grateful that the staff put me at ease, and that I was in good hands with them. I can see well to drive my taxi and support my family’s needs. Thank you to the donors who paid for my surgery so I can pay for my son’s school.”

Sothan had successful surgery and is resting at home with antibiotics to decrease the risk of infection. It may take several weeks before hi...

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October 3, 2022

Sothan is a 38-year-old motor taxi driver, living with his wife and son. In addition to listening to the radio, in his free time, Sothan enjoys taking walks with his wife along the beach near their village.

A month ago, Sothan developed an inflamed cyst in the tear gland of his left eye. The cyst causes itchiness, irritation and swelling, and it is also unsightly. Most important of all, however, it makes it difficult for Sothan to see clearly, which impacts his ability to drive, and to earn a living for his family.

Sothan traveled a great distance to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. With their help, he is now scheduled to have surgery on October 3rd, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. During this procedure, surgeons will remove the cyst, enabling Sothan to regain clear vision. Sothan needs your help to raise the $210 needed to fund his operation.

Sothan said: “I hope after surgery the cyst will go away, and I won’t worry about being able to safely drive my taxi.”

Sothan is a 38-year-old motor taxi driver, living with his wife and son. In addition to listening to the radio, in his free time, Sothan enj...

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Sothan's Timeline

  • October 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sothan 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.

  • October 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sothan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 12, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sothan's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 20, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sothan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Chalazion
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $210 for Sothan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$132
Medication
$0
Supplies
$42
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients feel discomfort and experience swelling on their eyelids. They are sensitive to light. These symptoms are due to the presence of a chalazion, a cyst in the eyelid caused by inflammation of a blocked gland. A chalazion can cause swelling and heaviness on the eyelid, tenderness, sensitivity to light, and increased tearing. A large chalazion can cause astigmatism due to pressure on the cornea.

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

Patients experience discomfort, and light sensitivity often keeps them indoors.

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

If treated early, a chalazion can be treated with topical antibiotic eye drops. However, our medical partner's patients tend to neglect small conditions. The chalazion cases seen at CSC are developed enough to require surgical treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgeons perform a chalazion incision and drainage to remove the chalazion.

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

The chalazion is removed, and the patient can comfortably resume life without any light sensitivity or pain. Patients also tend to feel improved confidence when the chalazion is removed.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This is a low-risk treatment.

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

This surgery is accessible in Cambodia, but it is too expensive for our medical partner's patients.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, infection and damage to the eyelid can occur.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.