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Success! Saron from Cambodia raised $292 to fund eye surgery.

Saron
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$292
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$0
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Fully funded
Saron's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2019.

Photo of Saron post-operation

December 3, 2019

Saron underwent eye surgery.

Saron’s operation went smoothly and she has returned home. Her eye is a little bit swollen after surgery, but she’s been given drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Following surgery, Saron’s eyes have been corrected, improving her vision and confidence.

Saron said, “I am so happy that my eyes are corrected and that they look straight. I am feeling much more confident and am no longer shy like before.”

Saron's operation went smoothly and she has returned home. Her eye is a little bit swollen after surgery, but she's been given drops to redu...

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November 19, 2019

Saron is a 53-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is the youngest of eight siblings, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in her free time.

Saron has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. She is unable to see clearly and she cannot work.

Saron traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 20th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Saron needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure.

Saron said, “I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to see clearly and I can return to working on the rice farm.”

Saron is a 53-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is the youngest of eight siblings, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in h...

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Saron's Timeline

  • November 19, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saron was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 20, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saron 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 26, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saron's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 3, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saron's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saron's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Squint / Strabismus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Saron's treatment
Hospital Fees
$62
Medical Staff
$190
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other. This can cause decreased vision in children and double vision in adults.

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

In children, strabismus can cause amblyopia, or lazy eye, where the vision development is stunted. If not treated early enough, amblyopia can cause permanent decreased vision or blindness. In adults, strabismus can cause double vision, which can be severely debilitating. In addition to headaches and eye strain, symptoms may include an inability to read comfortably, fatigue when reading, and unstable or "jittery" vision. Notably, strabismus interferes with normal eye contact, often causing embarrassment, anger, and feelings of awkwardness. It affects social communication in a fundamental way, with a possible negative effect on self esteem. One study showed that the behavior of strabismic children was marked by inhibition, anxiety, and emotional disorders.

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

The etiology for strabismus in children is poorly understood. Strabismus affects children worldwide and is reported to be present in about 4% of children.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgeons identify and move muscles in the eye in order to straighten the eye. The conjunctiva (clear covering of the white part of the eye) is opened to reveal the muscle and then closed. This is usually done under general anesthesia.

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

For children, straightening the eyes can help treat amblyopia and allow the pathway from the eyes to the brain to develop normally. For adults, straightening the eyes will improve double vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Strabismus surgery can cure the problem. The risk of surgery is low. Certain congenital disorders and syndromes can present with strabismus. In this case, children are fully evaluated by medical specialists.

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

Strabismus is primarily a surgical problem. Many patients travel from far provinces to our medical partner because they cannot receive this care locally.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Some strabismus can be treated with glasses or prisms, but surgery is usually needed.

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Saing

Saing is a 74-year-old rice farmer. She is a widow and has one daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren. Her husband passed away during the Khmer Rouge regime, so she lives with her oldest daughter, who works in a garment factory. Saing used to be a rice farmer but shared that she can no longer work in the fields due to her declining vision. At home, Saing likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and go to the pagoda. Four years ago, Saing developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage, and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. As a result of this condition, Saing has difficulty seeing things clearly and a hard time with day-to-day tasks. She used to cook for her daughter's family but finds it too difficult now. When Saing learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and half hours seeking treatment. On April 22nd, she will undergo surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $225 to cover the total cost of her procedure, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Saing shared, "I hope my eyes stop burning after surgery, and I can go outside and be more independent."

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$30raised
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