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Vit is a taxi driver from Cambodia who needs $210 to fund reparative eye surgery so he can live comfortably and confidently.

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August 11, 2022

Vit is a 35-year-old taxi driver from Cambodia who currently lives with and helps support his elderly parents. During his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball and watching the news on his phone.

One month ago, Vit developed a chalazion in his right eye, causing him to experience eye swelling, itchiness, and chronic irritation. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient’s tear gland. As a result of his condition, it is difficult for him to see clearly and drive.

Vit traveled for three and a half hours to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. On August 11th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Vit’s symptoms should improve. He now needs help raising $210 to fund this procedure.

Vit says, “I hope after surgery my eyelid will not be swollen and I can go back to driving a taxi to support my parents.”

Vit is a 35-year-old taxi driver from Cambodia who currently lives with and helps support his elderly parents. During his free time, he enjo...

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Vit's Timeline

  • August 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 11, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Vit was scheduled to receive 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.

  • August 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vit's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Vit is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Vit's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

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Treatment
Chalazion
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $210 for Vit's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$132
Medication
$0
Supplies
$42
  • 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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