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Success! Yi from Cambodia raised $201 to fund eye surgery.

Yi
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Yi's treatment was fully funded on September 2, 2019.

Photo of Yi post-operation

July 10, 2019

Yi underwent eye surgery.

Yi has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operative swelling has started to go down, and her vision has improved. Thanks to surgery, she will be able to work and go about daily life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation.

Yi has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operat...

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July 7, 2019

Yi is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children, seven grandchildren, and enjoys going to the pagoda in her free time.

Two years ago, Yi developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation, blurry 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 Yi learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Yi 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for July 8.

She says, “I hope that after my operation, I will be able to see clearly and can return to my work on the rice farm.”

Yi is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children, seven grandchildren, and enjoys going to the pagoda in her free time. ...

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Yi's Timeline

  • July 7, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yi was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 08, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yi 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.

  • July 08, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 02, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yi's treatment was fully funded.

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Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Yi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$115
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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