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

Varn
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Varn's treatment was fully funded on May 18, 2021.

Photo of Varn post-operation

April 12, 2021

Varn underwent eye surgery.

Varn had a successful surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) to remove the growth in her right eye, enabling her to see better again. She was given eye drops to aid in healing and will rest for a week before returning to her work in the fields.

Varn shared, “I am grateful to those who supported my surgery so that I can see well. I hope they continue to help Cambodians who are in need of this surgery.”

Varn had a successful surgery at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) to remove the growth in her right eye, enabling her to see better again. S...

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March 15, 2021

Varn is a 60-year-old farmer with one son, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Varn lives with her husband who is also a rice farmer. She enjoys staying home to look after her grandchildren, watching Khmer movies on TV, and listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Varn developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her tearing, irritation, burning, and discomfort with her appearance. 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 Varn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her daughter seeking treatment. Varn 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 March 15th.

Varn said, “I hope after surgery my eye feels better so I can return to planting rice. I’m also looking forward to being able to help take care of my grandchildren.”

Varn is a 60-year-old farmer with one son, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Varn lives with her husband who is also a rice farmer. Sh...

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Varn's Timeline

  • March 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Varn 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.

  • March 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Varn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Varn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 18, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Varn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Varn'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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