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Success! Thavong from Cambodia raised $187 to fund eye-surgery to help her see clearly again.

  • $187 raised, $0 to go
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Thavong's treatment was fully funded on May 31, 2022.

Photo of Thavong post-operation

June 9, 2022

Thavong underwent eye-surgery to help her see clearly again..

Thavong is resting and keeping her eye protected after her surgery. Although it may take several weeks before her eye heals completely, Thavong will no longer have a swollen lid or be ashamed of what her eye looks like. The surgery will help her live pain-free and feel included among her classmates.

Thavong said, “My eye will look so much better, and I no longer have pain or tearing. I am hoping to do homework again very soon. Thank you to those who helped me to have this surgery, I want to work hard in school.”

Thavong is resting and keeping her eye protected after her surgery. Although it may take several weeks before her eye heals completely, Thav...

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February 24, 2022

Thavong is a determined 15-year-old girl. She’s the oldest of four children in her family, with two younger brothers and one little sister. Thavong is a hard-working 6th grader, who enjoys reading books and listening to music when she’s home. Her father earns a living as a policeman.

Three months ago, Thavong developed a chalazion in her left eye, causing her itchiness and irritation. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient’s tear gland. As a result, it has become progressively more difficult for her to see clearly, concentrate, and study.

When Thavong’s family heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled for one and a half hours to seek treatment. Fortunately, on February 24th, surgeons at our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Thavong will no longer have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms of her chalazion, and will be able to see clearly again. Our medical partner is asking for $187 to help fund Thavong’s procedure.

Thavong says, “I hope after surgery my eye improves so I can return to school and not worry about my eye anymore.”

Thavong is a determined 15-year-old girl. She's the oldest of four children in her family, with two younger brothers and one little sister. ...

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Thavong's Timeline

  • February 24, 2022

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

  • February 24, 2022

    Thavong 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.

  • February 28, 2022

    Thavong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 31, 2022

    Thavong's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 9, 2022

    Thavong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Thavong'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?

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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