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Success! Khmera from Cambodia raised $210 to fund chalazion eye treatment to improve his vision.

Khmera
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  • $210 raised, $0 to go
$210
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Khmera's treatment was fully funded on January 15, 2023.

Photo of Khmera post-operation

February 1, 2023

Khmera underwent chalazion eye treatment to improve his vision.

Khmera had his cyst removed by eye-specialty surgeons and was able to return home after doctors determined his eye was healing well. He rested at home and wore an eye patch for several days to keep dust and water out of his eye. His mother said he enjoyed this because he could pretend he was a pirate for a few days!

Although it may take several weeks before his eye heals completely, Khmera will no longer have a swollen lid or pain. This treatment will help him feel confident enough to play outside with his friends without being ashamed or bothered by his eye.

Khmera’s mother said, “I am relieved that Khmera’s eye will be better; he was unhappy and did not sleep well because his eye hurt so much. Thank you for paying for his operation so he can have good eyesight and play with his friends.”

Khmera had his cyst removed by eye-specialty surgeons and was able to return home after doctors determined his eye was healing well. He rest...

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November 16, 2022

Khmera is a playful three-year-old boy from Cambodia. His parents are garment workers, and he is the only child in his family. He has not yet started school. When he is at home, Khmera enjoys playing with toy cars.

About two months ago, Khmera developed a chalazion, or an inflamed cyst, in the tear gland of his left eye. The chalazion causes itchiness, irritation, and redness in his eye. He is in pain and his parents worry about him.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Khmera receive treatment. He traveled for two and a half hours to CSC’s care center where, on November 16th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Khmera’s symptoms should improve. Now, he and his family need help raising $210 to fund his procedure and care.

Khmera’s mother shared, “I hope his eye can heal and he feels comfortable and free of pain.”

Khmera is a playful three-year-old boy from Cambodia. His parents are garment workers, and he is the only child in his family. He has not ye...

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Khmera's Timeline

  • November 16, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 16, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Khmera 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 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Khmera's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 15, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Khmera's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 1, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Khmera's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Chalazion
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $210 for Khmera'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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