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Success! Dara from Cambodia raised $290 for surgery to align his eyes.

Dara
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Dara's treatment was fully funded on March 17, 2016.

Photo of Dara post-operation

April 5, 2016

Dara underwent surgery to align his eyes.

About a year ago, Dara developed a very high fever which in turn led to a condition known as esotropia. Also known as squint, this condition caused Dara’s right eye to turn inward, making him uncomfortable and shy around his peers. Fortunately he received a strabismus correction surgery and things are improving.

“Dara’s squint correction went well,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, tells us. “He has been given eye drops to apply four times a day to protect himself from infection.”

“I feel very happy…Now I’m not worried about [my son] being shy with his friends and other people when he grows up. He can have a confident feeling now when he goes to school and plays with his friends,” shares Dara’s father.

About a year ago, Dara developed a very high fever which in turn led to a condition known as esotropia. Also known as squint, this condition...

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February 4, 2016

“Dara developed esotropia of his right after he had a very high fever one year ago. This causes his eye to turn inward,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Dara is a kindergarten student and is five years old. He has two brothers and one sister. He enjoys playing with toy cars and playing football. He traveled to CSC with his father.

Due to Dara’s condition, “he does not have a good feeling when studying or playing with his friends and other kids,” his father says.

Dara needs corrective surgery to align his eyes and eliminate visual discomfort. “After a strabismus correction surgery, Dara’s eye will be realigned correctly and he will have a normal appearance. He can return confidently to attending kindergarten and playing with his friends,” CSC adds. This surgery will cost $290.

“I hope my son has a straight eye again,” his father adds, “and I’m not worried about him feeling so shy with anyone anymore when he grows up.”

"Dara developed esotropia of his right after he had a very high fever one year ago. This causes his eye to turn inward," shares our medical ...

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Dara's Timeline

  • February 4, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Dara was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 04, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dara received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • February 12, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 17, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dara's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 05, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

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Funded by 4 donors

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Treatment
Squint / Strabismus
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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85%funded
$995raised
$170to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Jimmy

Jimmy is the first born of two children and lives in Makadara rehabilitation center. Jimmy was brought to Watsi's Partner CURE Hospital by Elijah, a social worker at Makadara Rehab Center. The rehab center supports street children and their families. They rescue, rehabilitate, and cater for the basic needs and facilitate placement either in regular schools or special schools or rehabilitation homes. Jimmy was a street child and was rescued in January 2018. He had fled home in Kayole, Soweto slum where his single mother lives in a difficult state. Fortunately, he was rescued and enrolled in school. He recently finished his class 8 final exam and scored good grades that will enable him to join a national high school. Jimmy joined the street family in 2016. He fell in 2017 and injured his elbow so that to this day he cannot stretch out. He has lived like that since then and complains of pain and discomfort. Jimmy is afraid that his education might be affected and his aspiration of becoming an engineer might come to an end. Jimmy is scheduled to undergo right elbow interposition arthroplasty to realign the bones so that he can be able to stretch his hand and use it fully. On behalf of the Makadara Rehab Center, Elijah, a social worker requested for support because they have so many children who need different care and attention and they cannot meet the cost of this treatment. “I request for support to undergo surgery so that I can play basketball and even do other things like washing and writing which I am currently not able to,” Jimmy told us.

85% funded

85%funded
$995raised
$170to go