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Success! Sor from Cambodia raised $648 to fund retinal detachment eye surgery.

Sor
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  • $648 raised, $0 to go
$648
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sor's treatment was fully funded on January 14, 2021.

Photo of Sor post-operation

January 23, 2021

Sor underwent retinal detachment eye surgery.

Sor underwent a successful surgery to treat her retina detachment, helping her to see clearly again. She’s excited that she can already see everything well now.

Sor shared, “I feel happy that I can see clearly, return to planting rice, and do some housework by myself.” Her sister added, “I am happy to see her eye improving so she can feel comfortable when meeting with people and going outside.”

Sor underwent a successful surgery to treat her retina detachment, helping her to see clearly again. She's excited that she can already see ...

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September 25, 2020

Sor is a 56-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sor has two sons, one daughter, and one grandchild. She lives with her husband who is also a rice farmer. She shared that she enjoys listening to the news on the radio and monks praying on the radio or at the pagoda in her village.

Two weeks ago, the retina of Sor’s left eye detached, causing her blurred vision and flashes of bright light in her eye. She now has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sor learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her sister seeking treatment. On September 24th, 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.

Sor said, “I hope my eye surgery is successful so I can return to my planting and housework and don’t have to worry about losing vision in my eye.”

Sor is a 56-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sor has two sons, one daughter, and one grandchild. She lives with her husband who is also a...

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Sor's Timeline

  • September 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sor 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.

  • September 25, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sor was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 27, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sor's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sor's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sor's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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