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Success! Sreyka from Cambodia raised $210 to fund surgery to remove a cyst in her eye.

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Sreyka's treatment was fully funded on August 27, 2022.

Photo of Sreyka post-operation

September 17, 2022

Sreyka underwent surgery to remove a cyst in her eye.

Sreyka had hoped the cysts in her eyes would disappear, but when they didn’t, she took her neighbor’s advice and visited Children’s Surgical Centre for treatment. She will rest for several days, take antibiotics, and use eyedrops at home to help in healing and reduce the chance of infection. The surgery incision site will heal on its own, and the redness and swelling have disappeared. This treatment will help her feel confident enough to return to work without being ashamed.

Sreyka’s mother said: “We are relieved Sreyka’s eye will soon look normal again. The pain is less for her and it is not so red. Thank you to the staff and our supporters who helped her be healthy again. She looks forward to being able to work to help support our family.”

Sreyka had hoped the cysts in her eyes would disappear, but when they didn't, she took her neighbor's advice and visited Children's Surgical...

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May 9, 2022

Sreyka is a 17-year-old water treatment facility employee. She has two brothers and two sisters; she is the youngest child in the family. Her mother is a homemaker and her father drives a motor-taxi. When at home, Sreyka likes to read books.

Two years ago, Sreyka developed a chalazion cyst in her right eye, causing her itchiness and irritation. She is worried that her eye is often red and it has also impacted her self-esteem. It is difficult for her to see clearly at work, and she is embarrassed for others to see her eye.

Sreyka traveled for four and a half hours to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. On May 9th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Sreyka’s symptoms should improve. She needs help raising $210 to fund this procedure.

Sreyka said, “I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable and I can see better to work.”

Sreyka is a 17-year-old water treatment facility employee. She has two brothers and two sisters; she is the youngest child in the family. He...

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Sreyka's Timeline

  • May 9, 2022

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

  • May 9, 2022

    Sreyka 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.

  • May 9, 2022

    Sreyka's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 27, 2022

    Sreyka's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2022

    Sreyka's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $210 for Sreyka'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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