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Success! Phea from Cambodia raised $150 to remove a growth from her eyelid.

Phea
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  • $150 raised, $0 to go
$150
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Phea's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2015.

Photo of Phea post-operation

January 16, 2016

Phea received successful surgery to remove her eyelid growth.

“Phea’s surgery went well,” her doctor shares. “She has been instructed to apply ointment 3 times a day to protect herself from infection.”

“I feel very happy that the cyst has been removed,” Phea says. “My eyelid is as good looking as normal again. Now I feel comfortable to do my work at the garment factory.”

Phea also expresses her relief that the growth will not continue to grow and obstruct her vision. She is thankful to her doctors at Children’s Surgical Centre for helping her.

"Phea's surgery went well," her doctor shares. "She has been instructed to apply ointment 3 times a day to protect herself from infection." ...

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December 14, 2015

“One month ago, Phea developed a chalazion on her right eye,” explains our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “The cyst on her eyelid is swollen and causes a burning sensation.”

Phea is married and has two sons. She is 34 years old, and she and her family live in Cambodia. To support her family Phea works in a garment factory, and enjoys Thai dramas on TV and classical music in her free time.

To seek treatment for the cyst, Phea and her sister travelled for two hours to get to CSC. Doctors diagnosed her with a chalazion, a small, benign bump that appears on the eyelid. Untreated, it can be uncomfortable and interfere with vision.

Because the cyst interferes with Phea’s vision, doctors recommend that it be removed. With a simple operation, the doctors will make a small incision to cut the chalazion away from the eye and allow Phea to see clearly again without any burning sensation.

$150 will cover the cost of pre-operative care, surgery, necessary medicines, and hospital stay.

After the surgery, Phea looks forward to getting rid of the burning sensation and improving the appearance of her eye. “I will be able to do my work well and not worry about how the cyst affects my vision,” she tells us.

“One month ago, Phea developed a chalazion on her right eye,” explains our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “The cyst on h...

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Phea's Timeline

  • December 14, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 14, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phea 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.

  • December 28, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phea's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Chalazion
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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