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Success! Tea Cheng from Cambodia raised $314 to fund an eyelid correction surgery to improve his vision.

Tea Cheng
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  • $314 raised, $0 to go
$314
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$0
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Fully funded
Tea Cheng's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2021.

Photo of Tea Cheng post-operation

January 10, 2022

Tea Cheng underwent surgery to improve his vision.

Tea Cheng was very happy after looking in the mirror to see how his eye changed. He was required to rest for a few days while his incision healed, but he can already can see better. Surgery was important as the ptosis can only get worse, and without the operation he would have had increased difficulty seeing from that eye. Tea Cheng’s confidence has increased tremendously and he is no longer is embarrassed of the way his eye looks. He’s excited that other children won’t make fun of him, and he won’t be shy in school.

Tea Cheng’s mother said: “We’re so grateful that my son’s eye looks normal and he won’t be ashamed at school. He can study well and have a good life. Thank you for fixing his eye.”

Tea Cheng was very happy after looking in the mirror to see how his eye changed. He was required to rest for a few days while his incision h...

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November 25, 2021

Tea Cheng is a 16-year-old student in grade 11. He has two siblings, an older brother, and a younger sister. He lives with his father who is a fisherman. Tea Cheng’s mother passed away when he was only 3-years-old. He likes to play football with his friends when they are not in school.

Tea Cheng has ptosis in his right eye. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. He feels uncomfortable going to school because his eye looks funny. His friends tease him because of his condition.

Tea Cheng traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 25th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve his vision and restore his self esteem. Now, Tea Cheng’s family needs help to raise $314 to fund this procedure.

His father said, “I want to see his eyelid look like other boys and to see well, so Tea Cheng can go to school.”

Tea Cheng is a 16-year-old student in grade 11. He has two siblings, an older brother, and a younger sister. He lives with his father who is...

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Tea Cheng's Timeline

  • November 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tea Cheng 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.

  • November 29, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tea Cheng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tea Cheng's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tea Cheng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Ptosis
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $314 for Tea Cheng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$62
Medical Staff
$212
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Ptosis is a drooping eyelid that obstructs vision. The patient can experience blurred vision and tearing.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Untreated ptosis can lead to amblyopia, or lazy eye, which can lead to permanent decreased vision or blindness.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Ptosis may occur more frequently in Cambodia due to higher incidence of trauma. Congenital ptosis is associated with other syndromic conditions affecting Cambodian children, which may occur in part from environmental exposures.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The kind of ptosis repair a patient requires is determined by the degree of eyelid drooping and the cause of the ptosis. Sometimes, the excess skin from the upper eyelid can simply be shortened. Sometimes, the connective tissues and ligaments of the eyelid muscles need to be repaired. In the case of congenital ptosis, a connection with the forehead musculature needs to be fashioned.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Patients no longer experience obstructed vision. This improvement is very important for children, who are at risk of developing amblyopia.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Ptosis surgery is relatively successful and low-risk. In some cases, a second procedure is needed if the tissues continue to degenerate.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are not many sites in Cambodia that offer this surgery to patients who cannot pay.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

When ptosis affects the visual field, surgery is the only available treatment.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Aziza

Aziza is 14-year-old girl and the second born child in a family of three children. She has just completed her class seven exams and looks forward to joining secondary school once the national examination results are out. She would love to be a teacher when she grows up. Aziza was involved in a fire accident when she was just three years old and she had not been able to use her left hand to hold things or be able to participate in many home chores. Aziza had surgery in February 2020 to release the burn contracture on her hand, which went a long way to enable her to use her hand more. Now, Aziza also needs an amputation of the small finger of her left hand. Her small finger has significant flexion contracture with severe damage to the joint capsules. Aziza is being raised by one of her aunts while her other siblings are being raised by other relatives after their mother passed away three years ago. Their father is not reliable in taking care of the children, and that’s when relatives decided to come in to help since they would miss meals and they didn’t have anyone to wash their clothes or provide them with other needs. Aziza’s aunt has three children of her own and including Aziza she has a total of four children. Aziza’s aunt is a stay at home wife while the husband sells bicycle spare parts and repairs them for a living. The income is not much but just enough to help support the family. Aziza says, “I am scared to lose a part of my hand but I agree with the surgeons that it is necessary and I hope it will help me be able to use my hand more. Please help me get this treatment.”

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