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Success! Tiny from Cambodia raised $216 to fund sight-restoring surgery.

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Tiny's treatment was fully funded on March 10, 2022.

Photo of Tiny post-operation

April 1, 2022

Tiny underwent sight-restoring surgery.

Tiny underwent surgery to remove the worrisome growth from his eye. This was the major source of his discomfort, and it prevented him from seeing well or going outside for his work. He will rest for a few days at the hospital before returning home. He is relieved the itchiness and tearing will disappear, his vision will slowly improve and he can lead his normal life again.

Tiny said, “I am so relieved my eyesight is better. I can feel more confident in my job and not ashamed of how my eye looks. Thank you for your donation to help me work and support my family.”

Tiny underwent surgery to remove the worrisome growth from his eye. This was the major source of his discomfort, and it prevented him from s...

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January 18, 2022

Tiny is a 29-year-old policeman. He’s married and has a son and a daughter. His wife is an office worker in a construction material shop, and his children are students in a local public school. When he has free time, Tiny enjoys playing football with his friends.

One year ago, Tiny developed a pterygium in his right eye. 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. As a result, Tiny experiences irritation and burning and feels insecure about his eye.

When Tiny learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there hoping for treatment. On January 18th, Tiny will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $216 to fund the total cost of his procedure, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Tiny shared, “After surgery, I hope my eye looks and feels better, and doesn’t look so irritated. Having better vision will help me do my job better.”

Tiny is a 29-year-old policeman. He's married and has a son and a daughter. His wife is an office worker in a construction material shop, an...

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Tiny's Timeline

  • January 18, 2022

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

  • January 18, 2022

    Tiny 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.

  • January 19, 2022

    Tiny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2022

    Tiny's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 1, 2022

    Tiny's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Tiny's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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Irenea is a 60-year woman from the Philippines. She takes care of her grandchildren and helps with household chores. Her daughter, a vendor, and her son-in-law, a baker, support the family financially. In February 2022, Irenea began to experience troubling symptoms, including intermittent fever and episodes of blood in the urine. She sought a medical checkup and underwent an ultrasound test. The test revealed that she was suffering from gallstones. She opted to take medicine in the hopes that it would cure her condition. Unfortunately, her condition seemed to worsen over time. Irenea has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, her symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Irenea is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 16th. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Irenea's surgery and care. "This treatment is almost impossible for our mother to receive. Our financial resources are insufficient, so we're incapable to pay for her hospital bill," Irenea's daughter shared tearfully. "To WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines, thank you for this early Christmas gift! Our family is so happy to be one of your beneficiaries," she added.

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