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Success! Sreng from Cambodia raised $648 to fund retinal detachment surgery so he can see clearly again.

Sreng
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$648
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$0
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Fully funded
Sreng's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2021.

Photo of Sreng post-operation

December 28, 2021

Sreng underwent retinal detachment surgery so he can see clearly again.

Sreng had successful surgery at our medical partner CSC to repair his retina and restore his eyesight. Once he recovered, he was able to return to his province to keep healing at home. He is currently recovering, and doctors are optimistic his eyesight will fully return. Sreng looks forward to returning to work as a mechanic to support his family.

Sreng’s wife said: “I am relieved that Sreng will be independent again when his eyesight improves. Thank you to the CSC staff for trying to save his eye. He will be able to take care of himself and return to work to support our family.”

Sreng had successful surgery at our medical partner CSC to repair his retina and restore his eyesight. Once he recovered, he was able to ret...

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October 13, 2021

Sreng is a 45-year-old mechanic. He has one daughter who is a young student. Sreng’s wife works in a garment factory. Right now, Sreng cannot work due to his poor vision. He enjoys being able to listening to the news on the radio.

Due to a traffic accident one year ago, the retina of Sreng’s left eye detached, causing him vision loss and pain. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

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

Sreng says, “I hope I can see clearly so I can return to my job to support my daughter’s schooling.”

Sreng is a 45-year-old mechanic. He has one daughter who is a young student. Sreng's wife works in a garment factory. Right now, Sreng canno...

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Sreng's Timeline

  • October 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sreng 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.

  • October 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sreng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sreng's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 28, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sreng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Retinal Detachment Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $648 for Sreng'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.