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Phal Rika is an adorable 12-year-old student from Cambodia who needs $210 to fund surgery to remove a cyst in her right eye.

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September 15, 2022

Phal Rika is a 12-year-old student. She is an only child and is in grade seven in a public school. Her mother works in a local garment factory; her father passed away several years ago from hypertension. She likes to do her homework, help her mother around the house, and read books.

Phal Rika developed a chalazion in her right eye, causing her redness, irritation, and swelling of the eyelid. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient’s tear gland. It is very itchy and she cannot see well from her eye due to swelling. This makes it difficult for her to concentrate on her schoolwork.

Phal Rika traveled for one and a half hours to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. On September 15th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Phal Rika’s symptoms should improve. She needs help raising $210 to fund this procedure.

Her mother shared: “I hope the operation will be easy for my daughter so she can see well again and not miss any school.”

Phal Rika is a 12-year-old student. She is an only child and is in grade seven in a public school. Her mother works in a local garment facto...

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Phal Rika's Timeline

  • September 15, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phal Rika was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • September 15, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Phal Rika was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 17, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phal Rika's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Phal Rika is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Phal Rika's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

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Treatment
Chalazion
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $210 for Phal Rika's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$132
Medication
$0
Supplies
$42
  • 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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