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

Sol
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$216
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Sol's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Sol post-operation

January 10, 2022

Sol underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Sol’s surgery to treat the pterygium in her eye was a success. Once fully healed she will no longer have chronic eye irritation and discomfort, and can go back home to help her family and help take care of her grandchildren.

Sol shared: “before the operation it was difficult - I could not see well or do anything. I was ashamed of how my eye looked. I’m relieved with my results - thank you to the CSC staff and the donors who helped improve my life.”

Sol's surgery to treat the pterygium in her eye was a success. Once fully healed she will no longer have chronic eye irritation and discomf...

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November 22, 2021

Sol is a 46-year-old rice farmer. She has one daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren. She lives with her husband, who also works as a farmer. When not outside, Sol likes to watch and listen to movies on TV.

Three years ago, Sol developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing irritation, tearing, itching, and discomfort. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. They occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil.

When Sol learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 22nd, Sol 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 her procedure, including medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Sol shared, “I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable again. I can go to the farm field and help my husband plant rice again.”

Sol is a 46-year-old rice farmer. She has one daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren. She lives with her husband, who also works as a far...

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Sol's Timeline

  • November 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sol 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 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sol's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sol's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sol's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Sol'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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Benson is a twin two-year-old. His mom shared that Benson is a playful boy but a little shy and quiet compared to his twin brother who is more social and more talkative. Benson’s mother makes a living doing other people’s laundry while his father is a public transport driver commonly known as a “daladala” driver in Tanzania. Their income is not enough to provide for the family's needs and still cover Benson’s needed treatment cost. They are asking for help to support his medical care. Benson was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. He and his brother were born healthy babies and their growth has been on track until they learned to walk. Benson’s mother started to notice that his legs were not straight as he started to crawl. He took a long time to learn to stand and walk compared to his twin. When he got on his feet and walked, his mother noticed that his legs were bowed outwards. Benson's mother had never taken him to any hospital for help or treatment, she thought he would eventually grow out of it but that has not been the case. His condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, his legs keep bowing outwards, making walking more difficult. One of Benson’s father’s friends advised his parents to seek treatment for him. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Benson. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 7th. Treatment will hopefully restore Benson's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Benson’s mother says, “I would love to see Benson walking normally like his brother but the treatment cost is too high for us.”

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