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Success! Dok from Cambodia raised $649 to fund eye repair surgery so he can regain his vision.

Dok
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  • $649 raised, $0 to go
$649
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Dok's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2022.

Photo of Dok post-operation

February 1, 2023

Dok underwent eye repair surgery so he can regain his vision.

Dok was worried he would be completely blind in his eye and unable to support his family, so he took the advice of his neighbors to visit Children’s Surgical Centre for surgery on his retinal detachment. After his operation, he had to keep his head down, and avoid moving quickly, lifting anything heavy, or doing activities like cleaning or gardening for the next month as he heals. His vision should slowly improve, which will help him return to his regular life in a month and continue to support his family.

Dok said: “I am relieved that doctors could help me with my headaches and vision, and hopeful that I can see better. I need to farm my land to feed my family, and this will help me be more independent. I want to thank the strangers who paid for my surgery and the doctors who worked hard to restore my eyesight.”

Dok was worried he would be completely blind in his eye and unable to support his family, so he took the advice of his neighbors to visit C...

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August 9, 2022

Dok is a 54-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two daughters, both of whom work in garment factories, and five grandchildren. He lives with his wife, who is also a farmer. During his free time, Dok enjoys listening to the news on the radio and watching boxing.

Two years ago, the retina of Dok’s right eye detached, causing him to experience partial blindness and headaches. He now has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Dok learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 9th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help funding this $649 procedure.

Dok shares, “I hope after surgery my vision can improve so I can return to planting rice and recognize people well.”

Dok is a 54-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two daughters, both of whom work in garment factories, and five grandchildren. He liv...

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Dok's Timeline

  • August 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dok 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.

  • August 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dok's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 1, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dok's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Retinal Detachment Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $649 for Dok's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$253
Medication
$0
Supplies
$349
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.