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Success! Somaly from Cambodia raised $187 to fund surgery that will help her see clearly again.

Somaly
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Somaly's treatment was fully funded on December 17, 2021.

Photo of Somaly post-operation

December 23, 2021

Somaly underwent surgery that will help her see clearly again.

Somaly’s surgery was a success! Even though she was nervous about the surgery, Somaly was brave during the procedure. She will now rest for a few days and her mother will apply eye drops to continue her healing. As a result of surgery, Somaly will no longer experience symptoms and will be able to play confidently with others and have a big life ahead.

Somaly’s mother shared, “We are very grateful that Somaly’s eye will be better. She is happier and now can see well when she is ready to go to school. Thank you for helping support her surgery.”

Somaly's surgery was a success! Even though she was nervous about the surgery, Somaly was brave during the procedure. She will now rest for ...

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November 4, 2021

Somaly is a playful two-year-old. She has one sister and her father works as a taxi driver. At home, Somaly enjoys playing with dolls with her sister.

Two weeks ago, Somaly developed a chalazion in her left eye. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in the tear gland. As a result, Somaly is experiencing burning, itchiness, and irritation in her eye, and it is difficult for her to see clearly.

Somaly traveled with her family to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). On November 4th, surgeons will perform a chalazion excision procedure to remove the cyst. After recovery, Somaly’s symptoms should improve. CSC is requesting $187 to help fund this procedure.

Somaly’s mom shared, “I hope her irritation and swelling go away and she can be well.”

Somaly is a playful two-year-old. She has one sister and her father works as a taxi driver. At home, Somaly enjoys playing with dolls with h...

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Somaly's Timeline

  • November 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Somaly 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 5, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Somaly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Somaly's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Somaly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Chalazion
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Somaly's treatment
Hospital Fees
$43
Medical Staff
$104
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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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Harriet

Harriet is a smallscale farmer and a mother of four. She was able to complete school up to the 6th grade, then could not proceed with education due to limited financial support from her family. Her husband is a casual laborer finding work where he can around their village. They own a two-room mud house for shelter. Their family's eldest is 13 years old and in primary school class three while the last born is 5 years old and in baby junior class. Harriet shared that sustaining her family has been hard for her and her husband. During her free time, she enjoys working on her farm whenever she is not doing her household chores. About four months ago, Harriet began to experience troubling symptoms, including severe lower abdominal pains and immediately went to seek medical attention at Rushoroza hospital. She was diagnosed with a ruptured appendicular abscess. This is a complication of acute appendicitis which results from the invasion of the appendix by bacteria following an obstruction. It was managed and the doctors advised her to return after a while for appendicectomy but she has not been able to afford the surgery cost. Currently, Harriet has completely stopped farming due to severe pain. If her surgery is not done, Harriet is at risk of suffering a recurring appendicular abscess and could live a very poor quality of life. Her family however cannot afford the surgery charges. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Harriet receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy on November 11th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $284 and Harriet and her family need your support. Harriet says, “I hope to live a better life after the surgery because I have been in so much pain. I will resume farming as soon as I get better.”

59% funded

59%funded
$170raised
$114to go

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