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Success! Sary from Cambodia raised $187 to fund chalazion eye treatment.

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Sary's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Sary post-operation

March 14, 2022

Sary underwent chalazion eye treatment.

Sary and her mother traveled to our medical partner CSC for her successful procedure. She will rest for several days, take antibiotics, and use eyedrops at home to help in healing and reduce the chance of infection. This treatment will help her feel confident and return to school with a new outlook on life. Her pain will be less and doctors look forward to seeing her for a check-up in a few weeks.

Sary’s mother said: “We are relieved Sary’s eye will soon look normal again. Her pain is less and it is not so red. Thank you to the staff and donors who helped us.”

Sary and her mother traveled to our medical partner CSC for her successful procedure. She will rest for several days, take antibiotics, and...

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January 10, 2022

Sary is a bright 10-year-old student. She’s in grade five in school and has one younger brother. Her father is a policeman, and her mother is a housewife. In her free time, she enjoys drawing pictures and reading books.

About a week ago, Sary developed a chalazion, or an inflamed cyst in the tear gland of her left eye. The chalazion causes her pain, swelling, and redness. It is difficult for her to see clearly and go to school. She feels embarrassed by her condition and that other children make fun of how her eye looks.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is helping Sary receive treatment. On January 10th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Sary’s symptoms should improve. Now, she and her family need help raising $187 to fund her procedure and care.

Sary shared, “I hope after surgery my eye gets well, and I can attend school without being ashamed of how my eye looks.”

Sary is a bright 10-year-old student. She's in grade five in school and has one younger brother. Her father is a policeman, and her mother i...

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Sary's Timeline

  • January 10, 2022

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

  • January 10, 2022

    Sary 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 11, 2022

    Sary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022

    Sary's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 14, 2022

    Sary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Sary's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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