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Success! Theara from Cambodia raised $648 to fund retinal detachment repair surgery so he can see clearly.

Theara
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$648
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Fully funded
Theara's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2021.

Photo of Theara post-operation

December 22, 2021

Theara underwent retinal detachment repair surgery so he can see clearly.

Theara underwent his surgery and all went well. He will need to be still for several days to allow his eye to heal properly at the hospital, then return to his province with his parents. He will have a chance at a more full life after this surgery and is hopeful he can return to school and grow up like other children.

Theara’s mother said: “I was very worried that my son cannot see; other children made fun of his eye. Now he has a chance to see better than before. Thank you to all who helped him to have this operation so he can have a good life now.”

Theara underwent his surgery and all went well. He will need to be still for several days to allow his eye to heal properly at the hospital,...

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November 23, 2021

Theara is a bright 3rd grade student. He has two older sisters and his parents are garment workers in a factory. Theara loves to play football with his friends.

Three years ago, the retina of Theara’s left eye detached, causing him partial blindness and tearing.

When Theara’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 23rd, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, our medical partner needs help to fund this $648 procedure.

Theara’s mother says, “I hope his eye can heal so he can see clearly again.”

Theara is a bright 3rd grade student. He has two older sisters and his parents are garment workers in a factory. Theara loves to play footba...

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Theara's Timeline

  • November 23, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Theara 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 24, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Theara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Theara's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Theara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Retinal Detachment Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $648 for Theara'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Jacentah

Jacentah is a farmer and a mother of eight; three are married and also do small-scale farming and the rest are still in school. Jacentah and her husband are both small-scale farmers, selling the farm products to earn a living and sustain their family. Jacenta needs treatment for her medical condition but their family cannot afford to fund it. Three years ago, Jacentah began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing and swallowing, heart palpitations, and a mass on her neck. Being a farmer, the condition has greatly affected her work performance as she feels tired easily when she starts working. She was diagnosed with euthyroid goitre. Before coming to Nyakibale Hospital, Jacentah visited a national referral hospital where a diagnosis was made but she could not afford the surgery. The condition was worsening so she chose to come to our medical partner's care center after she heard about a support program there for people in need of financial support. After a few tests were run, she was scheduled for surgery, which will prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Jacentah receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 28th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Jacentah says, "I was hoping that one day, I would get treatment to enable me to continue supporting my family. If you help me, I will be so grateful."

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