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

Hear
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$648
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Hear's treatment was fully funded on March 25, 2021.

Photo of Hear post-operation

March 25, 2021

Hear underwent a retinal detachment surgery so he can see clearly.

Hear had a successful surgery at our Medical Partner CSC and has returned home to his province. He’ll be resting for a couple weeks to make sure the procedure is successful in repairing his retinal detachment. He’s hopeful for the road ahead and relieved that his improved vision allows him to return to his profession as a farmer and support his young family.

Hear had a successful surgery at our Medical Partner CSC and has returned home to his province. He'll be resting for a couple weeks to make ...

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March 4, 2021

Hear is a 28-year-old rice farmer who married with one young child. Hear is the main breadwinner of his family and works hard to support them. In his spare time, Hear likes to read the newspaper and play games with his kid.

Three years ago, the retina of Hear’s left eye detached, causing him partial blindness, and affected his self-esteem due to an inability to see or work.

When Hear learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours with his wife seeking treatment. On March 4th, 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.

Hear shared, “I hope after surgery I can see out of my eye again. I need to plant rice and raise animals to support my family. I want to fix my vision so I can work, and can read again without hurting my eyes.”

Hear is a 28-year-old rice farmer who married with one young child. Hear is the main breadwinner of his family and works hard to support the...

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Hear's Timeline

  • March 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hear 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.

  • March 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hear's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hear's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hear'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 Hear'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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