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

Sok
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$201
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sok's treatment was fully funded on February 17, 2019.

Photo of Sok post-operation

January 22, 2019

Sok underwent eye surgery.

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

He says, “I feel very happy that my eye surgery was successful and that I can see everything more clearly than before, so much so now that I can recognize anyone’s face. I can read letters more clearly than before, I can easily to do any work at the pagoda, and go to anywhere outside much better than before.”

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

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January 7, 2019

Sok is a fisherman from Cambodia. He has four sons, three daughters, and 20 grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and read about Buddha.

A year ago, Sok developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing him blurry vision, clouded lenses, and photophobia. 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Sok learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. Sok 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 his procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for January 8.

He says, “I hope I can see clearly after the surgery so I can help the monks clean the pagoda and so that I can recognize the faces of my grandchildren.”

Sok is a fisherman from Cambodia. He has four sons, three daughters, and 20 grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and...

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Sok's Timeline

  • January 7, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 8, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sok 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 8, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 22, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sok's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 17, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sok's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Sok'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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