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Success! Lek from Cambodia raised $648 to fund retina detachment surgery so she can see well again.

Lek
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Lek's treatment was fully funded on April 8, 2022.

Photo of Lek post-operation

April 18, 2022

Lek underwent retina detachment surgery so she can see well again.

Lek is happy she took the advice of her brother to have her retinal detachment eye surgery. She had assumed that she would be blind in one eye for the rest of her life, and was relieved to know there was hope. Although it may take several weeks for her to see improvement, she is hopeful her vision will be restored. This will help her to sell the family vegetables at the local market to support their family.

Lek said: “I can work outside in the garden again, and help my grandchildren with their homework. I am so lucky I could have this surgery, and very grateful to the doctors and the people who paid for my surgery.”

Lek is happy she took the advice of her brother to have her retinal detachment eye surgery. She had assumed that she would be blind in one e...

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January 11, 2022

Lek is a 68-year-old who is married with three sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. She lives with her husband and one of their sons, and they are vegetable farmers in Kampot Province in rural Cambodia. When she is not cooking, cleaning, or selling vegetables at the local market, Lek finds it calming to listen to the local monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, the retina of Lek’s left eye detached, causing her deteriorating vision. She noticed a change in her eye, but could not afford to see anyone to help fix it.

When Lek learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and half hours seeking treatment. On January 12th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $648 procedure.

“I hope after surgery my eye will get better. I can look after my grandchildren, cook for them, and walk them to school,” shared Lek.

Lek is a 68-year-old who is married with three sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. She lives with her husband and one of their so...

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Lek's Timeline

  • January 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lek 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.

  • January 15, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lek's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 8, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lek's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lek's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Retinal Detachment Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $648 for Lek'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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$549raised
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