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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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$0
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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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Kim

Kim is a 43-year-old married father of a 15-year-old son. While his family has a rice farm and tends farm animals to sell at the market, Kim also works in the city in construction, to add to the financial support for his family. When he is home, he enjoys meeting with his friends, and watching boxing on TV. In May, Kim was in a motor collision with another motorbike, badly injuring his left shoulder and forearm. He went to the local hospital, where he underwent surgery, and had hardware placed that would hold the fractured bones in his arm together. Despite the surgery, his forearm continues to be very painful, and he experiences tingling in his fingers, although he can't move them. In addition to these symptoms, his fingers are bent into a claw like position, because of damage to a major nerve that controls the muscles in his hand and arm. His arm is weak, and he cannot work with his left hand, so he is unable to pursue jobs in construction. The loss in pay from his construction work has made it difficult for his family financially, and Kim is worried about their future. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is here to help Kim access the care that he needs. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting your help to fund a $572 procedure, which is scheduled for September 12th. During this surgery, physicians at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre will perform a nerve exploration and a bone graft, to complete the repair of Kim's arm, enabling him to return to his construction work, and to a life without pain. Kim shared: "After surgery, I hope my arm will have no more pain, I will heal soon, and will be able to work with my hand for my family again."

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$73raised
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