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Tes from Cambodia raised $148 to fund vision-restoring surgery.

Tes
100%
  • $148 raised, $0 to go
$148
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tes's treatment was fully funded on February 7, 2017.
February 10, 2017

Tes did not receive treatment as expected.

Unfortunately, Tet did not show up to her scheduled surgery.

Unfortunately, Tet did not show up to her scheduled surgery....

December 22, 2016

Tes is 72 years old and has two daughters and four grandchildren. She likes to play cards, listen to monks pray at the pagoda, and watch the news, sports, and dramas on TV.

Two years ago, Tes developed a pterygium in each eye, causing her blurred vision and tearing. It became difficult for her to see things clearly, work, and go anywhere on her own.

Tes traveled for one hour with her niece to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On December 23, eye surgeons at CSC removed the pterygium from each eye to allow Tes to see clearly again. Now, CSC is requesting $148 to fund this procedure.

“I hope I look better and feel more comfortable,” says Tes, “so that I can do any work easily and watch TV well. I also want to be able to go anywhere by myself.”

Tes is 72 years old and has two daughters and four grandchildren. She likes to play cards, listen to monks pray at the pagoda, and watch the...

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Tes's Timeline

  • December 22, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tes was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 23, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Tes was scheduled to receive 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 6, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tes's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 10, 2017
    FUNDING ENDED

    Tes is no longer raising funds.

  • February 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tes's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $148 for Tes's treatment
Hospital Fees
$97
Medical Staff
$50
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • 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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