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Success! Ratanak from Cambodia raised $292 to fund eye surgery.

Ratanak
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ratanak's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2018.

Photo of Ratanak post-operation

October 19, 2018

Ratanak underwent eye surgery.

Ratanak’s operation went smoothly and he has returned home. His eye is a little bit swollen after surgery, but he’s been given drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Following surgery, Ratanak’s eyelid has been lifted, improving his vision and confidence.

His mother says, “I am very happy that my son is good looking again and he doesn’t have to feel shy around friends anymore.”

Ratanak's operation went smoothly and he has returned home. His eye is a little bit swollen after surgery, but he's been given drops to redu...

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October 1, 2018

Ratanak is a five-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child. He likes to drink soda.

Ratanak has ptosis in his right eye. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. He has difficulty seeing.

Ratanak traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On October 01, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve his vision. Now, Ratanak needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure.

His mother says, “I feel unhappy that my son has vision problems and I hope that my son’s eye looks very good after surgery.”

Ratanak is a five-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child. He likes to drink soda. Ratanak has ptosis in his right eye. Ptosis oc...

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Ratanak's Timeline

  • October 1, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ratanak was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 01, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ratanak received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • October 07, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ratanak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 19, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ratanak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 30, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ratanak's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Ptosis
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Ratanak's treatment
Hospital Fees
$62
Medical Staff
$190
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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