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Success! Saveth from Cambodia raised $210 to fund chalazion eye treatment.

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Saveth's treatment was fully funded on October 1, 2022.

Photo of Saveth post-operation

October 16, 2022

Saveth underwent chalazion eye treatment.

Sveth and her son traveled to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre for her procedure. Her successful treatment will help her experience less pain and feel confident enough to be social with her family and friends without being ashamed.

Sveth says: “I am so happy my eye will look better and won’t be ugly. I am grateful that the staff put me at ease, and that I was in good hands. I can be more comfortable around my friends and family and not in pain. Thank you to the donors who paid for my surgery, I want to have a better life now.”

Sveth and her son traveled to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre for her procedure. Her successful treatment will help her exper...

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May 2, 2022

Saveth is a 60-year-old retired rice farmer with two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. She lives with her son who is a garment worker. At home, when not helping to care for grandchildren, she likes to listen to the news and monks praying on the radio.

A month ago, Saveth developed a chalazion in her left eye, causing her pain, itchiness and swelling. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient’s tear gland. It is difficult for her to see clearly, and she is ashamed of how her eye looks.

Saveth traveled to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. On May 2nd, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Saveth’s symptoms should improve. She needs help raising $210 to fund this procedure.

Saveth says, “I hope after surgery my eye gets well. I want to take care of my grandchildren, and I hope my eye will feel and look better.”

Saveth is a 60-year-old retired rice farmer with two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. She lives with her son who is a garment wo...

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Saveth's Timeline

  • May 2, 2022

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

  • May 2, 2022

    Saveth 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.

  • May 2, 2022

    Saveth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 1, 2022

    Saveth's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 16, 2022

    Saveth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $210 for Saveth's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Foster is a 70-year-old father of nine, from Makwenda Village in Malawi. He lives with his wife and grandchildren. To support his family, he solely depends on farming where he grows maize, groundnuts, and soya beans. Foster is a village headman and he is a member of the Church of African Presbytery. Foster was well until 2020 when he noticed a swelling on the right side of his groin. The swelling was very painful and made passing stool and urine very difficult. The swelling would disappear and reappear after a while, especially when it is cold, and when he coughs or strains himself. Foster decided to seek medical help at a health center in his area where he was referred to Nkhoma Hospital, but at the time surgeries were limited due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was told to come back another time. As the condition persisted, Foster went to seek medical help at Dedza District Hospital where he has been visiting up to now and had been given pain medication. Last week, Foster visited Nkhoma Hospital once again, and he presented that the swelling has now been appearing on both sides. After assessment in the surgical clinic, Foster was diagnosed with Bilateral Inguinal Hernia. The doctor advised that he needs to undergo Hernia Repair surgical procedure and this was scheduled for October 5th. This hernia condition has impacted Foster’s life negatively. Since the condition surfaced, he experiences pain that hinders him from doing his daily activities and he fails to work on his farm. Additionally, he cannot walk a long distance or ride his bike as the swelling appears when he strains himself. Treatment will be a welcome development in Foster’s life. He will be able to work on his farm and continue taking care of his family as he is the sole breadwinner. In addition to that, treatment will prevent Foster from developing complications that a hernia can cause, such as enlargement, incarceration, small bowel obstruction, and strangulation of the hernia, which can be fatal. Foster shared that he does not have enough money to pay for his surgery and other expenses so the medical team referred him to Watsi and our medical partner African Mission healthcare. He has been able to contribute $15 to his care and our medical partner is requesting $500 to cover the cost of Foster's surgery. Foster says, “I was afraid that this condition will start affecting my duties as a village headman, I am thankful that there is hope for me through my donors.”

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