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Success! Touch from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery.

Touch
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Touch's treatment was fully funded on December 3, 2020.

Photo of Touch post-operation

December 10, 2020

Touch underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Touch’s pterygium removal procedure was successful. She has been discharged with eye-drop medication and a one-week follow up appointment has been scheduled for an eye exam. Once she has fully recovered, Touch will no longer experience blurry vision, tearing, or other eye irritation. She is happy that she will have more independence in her daily life and work.

Touch said, “The surgery was not painful and was quick, and now I will be able to do so much more than before.”

Touch's pterygium removal procedure was successful. She has been discharged with eye-drop medication and a one-week follow up appointment ha...

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September 28, 2020

Touch is a 55-year-old woman from Cambodia. She and her husband have seven daughters and eleven grandchildren. They live with one of her older daughters, who works at a garment factory. Touch’s husband recently lost his job, so they have been spending most of their time taking care of all their grandchildren. In her free time, Touch likes to watch Khmer and Indian drama shows on TV.

Six years ago, Touch developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her severe irritation, blurred vision, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. Touch needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 28th.

Touch said, “I hope after this surgery I can see better and help my family more with the work that needs to be done around the house.”

Touch is a 55-year-old woman from Cambodia. She and her husband have seven daughters and eleven grandchildren. They live with one of her old...

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Touch's Timeline

  • September 28, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Touch was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 28, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Touch received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 29, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Touch's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 03, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Touch's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Touch's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Touch's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$129
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A pterygium, a non-cancerous growth of conjunctiva covering the cornea, causes tearing, redness, blurred vision, burning, itchiness, and discomfort.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

When the growth affects the central visual axis, vision will be decreased. The abnormal growth also causes pain and discomfort. Patients usually complain of irritation, light sensitivity, foreign body sensation, and decreased vision.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Pterygium occurrence is much higher among people who live near the equator because of greater exposure to the sun. It is nicknamed "surfer's eye."

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgeons scrape the dysplastic conjunctiva from the cornea surface, removing the affected conjunctiva. They place an autologous conjunctival graft to cover the defect and prevent recurrence.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Surgery cures the symptoms caused by pterygium. Patients experience improved vision and reduced pain and discomfort.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgical excision of a pterygium is curative. The procedure is very low risk.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Most patients live with the eye irritation and decreased vision until it starts to affect their daily life. Then, they seek care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Irritation can be temporarily treated with lubricating drops.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.