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Success! Sokea from Cambodia raised $648 to fund retinal detachment repair surgery.

Sokea
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$648
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Fully funded
Sokea's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2021.

Photo of Sokea post-operation

July 19, 2021

Sokea underwent retinal detachment repair surgery.

Sokea traveled to CSC with his mother to repair his retina to ensure that his eyesight will not worsen. As his eyes heal, Sokea was relieved that the outcome was successful and all is going as expected. He is required to rest and apply antibiotic drops multiple times a day to prevent infection. Soon, Sokea will be able to return to his studies and looks forward to playing football with his friends again!

His mother shares her thanks, “Thank you to all who helped Sokea have this surgery to repair his eye. This will help him so much in the future when he returns to school.”

Sokea traveled to CSC with his mother to repair his retina to ensure that his eyesight will not worsen. As his eyes heal, Sokea was relieved...

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June 11, 2021

Sokea is an 11-year-old student who is in the fifth grade. He has one brother and one sister. In his free time, he enjoys reading and playing football. His parents are construction workers.

One year ago, the retina of Sokea’s left eye detached, causing him partial blindness and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sokea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours with his mother seeking treatment. On June 11th, 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.

Sokea shared, “I hope I can see well so I can study better in school and play with my friends.”

Sokea is an 11-year-old student who is in the fifth grade. He has one brother and one sister. In his free time, he enjoys reading and playin...

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Sokea's Timeline

  • June 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokea 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.

  • June 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokea's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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