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Success! Afifi from Cambodia raised $648 to fund retinal detachment surgery so he can continue working.

Afifi
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$648
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Afifi's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Afifi post-operation

January 31, 2022

Afifi underwent retinal detachment surgery so he can continue working.

Afifi’s retinal detachment surgery was a success! He will rest for a few days to ensure reattachment and apply eye drops to aid in his healing. Afifi’s medical team shared that it may take several weeks before his vision fully returns to normal. Afifi is optimistic that his eyesight will be better soon, and he can return to work as an electrician and help his family on the farm.

Afifi’s mother said, “We were very worried that my son would lose his eyesight and would not be able to find a job. After talking to the doctors, we are hopeful he will see well again and can help us on the farm. We are very grateful to the Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) staff and the strangers who helped to pay for Afifi’s surgery so he can support himself and have a normal life.”

Afifi's retinal detachment surgery was a success! He will rest for a few days to ensure reattachment and apply eye drops to aid in his heali...

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December 13, 2021

Afifi is a 25-year-old electrician. He lives at home with his parents and is the oldest child in his family. He has one younger brother, and two younger sisters. His parents work as rice farmers. In his spare time, he likes to play football and listen to popular songs on his phone.

Three weeks ago, Afifi had a traumatic eye injury at work when a piece of metal flew into his eye. The retina of Afifi’s left eye detached, causing him pain, and blurry vision. Surgeons suspect a globe tumor and/or a retinal detachment.

When Afifi learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On December 13th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $648 procedure.

Afifi shared, “I am worried I will lose my eye, and won’t be able to work. I hope that I will be able to see again, and no longer have pain.”

Afifi is a 25-year-old electrician. He lives at home with his parents and is the oldest child in his family. He has one younger brother, and...

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Afifi's Timeline

  • December 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Afifi was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Afifi 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.

  • December 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Afifi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Afifi's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 31, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Afifi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Retinal Detachment Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $648 for Afifi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$67
Medical Staff
$256
Medication
$0
Supplies
$325
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Symptoms of retinal detachment include floaters in the field of vision, flashes of light when moving the eyes or head, and a curtain over the field of vision. Floaters are specks or globs that appear from clumps of citreous gel breaking down. Other symptoms are the appearance of a curtain-like shadow over the visual field, blurred vision, and reduced peripheral vision.

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

Retinal detachment is a medical emergency; living with retinal detachment can cause permanent loss of vision.

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

Surgical eye treatment is not readily accessible in Cambodia. The longer the retina remains detached, the lower the chances are of restoring good vision.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment of retinal detachment involves surgery to reattach the retina. There are three main procedures by which this is done: pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckling surgery, and vitrectomy. In pneumatic retinopexy, air is injected into the middle of the eyeball, which pushes the detached retina to the wall of the eye. This is followed by cryopexy to repair the tear. Scleral buckling surgery involves a piece of silicone material sewn to the outer layer or the eye, relieving the tugging on the retina. In a vitrectomy, vitreous gel is removed from the eye and air, gas, or silicone gel is injected in to flatten the retina. It may take several months for vision to improve.

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

This surgery is critical to prevent patients with retinal detachment from going blind.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

One possible risk is that the retina cannot be reattached because of scar tissue; if this occurs, the eye will ultimately become blind. The risk of complications from this surgery is small. These complications include bleeding in the eye, increased eye pressure, swelling inside the eye, clouded lens of the eye, double vision, and infection. There is also a risk of needing further surgery if new breaks form in the retina or scar tissue develops.

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

Patients in need of retinal detachment may travel from across the country to receive free surgical care at CSC, as alternatives are not available and surgical eye specialists are limited.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Retinal detachment requires surgery as treatment; without surgery, vision will continually deteriorate.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.