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Success! Phin from Cambodia raised $225 to fund sight-restoring surgery.

Phin
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
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$0
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Fully funded
Phin's treatment was fully funded on October 3, 2022.

Photo of Phin post-operation

October 16, 2022

Phin underwent sight-restoring surgery.

Phin and her family traveled many hours to reach CSC hospital for her diagnosis and treatment. She had successful surgery to repair her eye and was able to return home after post-operative care in the hospital. She will rest her eye at home, keep it covered, and apply antibiotic eye drops to decrease the risk of infection. It may take several weeks before her vision is completely improved, but Phin is hopeful her eyesight will be better and she can go outside again to help her husband with the rice crop. This will help her be more independent so she can help her husband and support her children and grandchildren.

Phin said: “I am so lucky I could have my eye fixed so I can see normally again. It is hard to be a farmer and not see well. Thank you to everyone who paid for my surgery; I am very grateful that I can work to feed my family so they can have a good life.”

Phin and her family traveled many hours to reach CSC hospital for her diagnosis and treatment. She had successful surgery to repair her eye ...

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May 2, 2022

Phin is a 53-year-old woman. She and her husband work as rice farmers, and they have one daughter, three sons, and three grandchildren. In her free time, Phin likes to visit her relatives in the village and listen to music on the radio.

Three years ago, Phin developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her burning, tearing, and poor vision. As a result, Phin has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside.

When Phin learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled across the country for eight and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 2nd, Phin will undergo a procedure to heal her condition and prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $225 to fund her surgery, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Phin shared, “After surgery, I hope my eyes stop burning and I feel comfortable. I want to return to the rice field to help my husband.”

Phin is a 53-year-old woman. She and her husband work as rice farmers, and they have one daughter, three sons, and three grandchildren. In h...

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Phin's Timeline

  • May 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phin 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.

  • May 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 3, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phin's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 16, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Phin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$146
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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Bizuayehu

Bizuayehu is a beautiful and cheerful girl from Ethiopia who loves to talk and play with her mother. She asks a lot of questions and she is eager to learn about things. She especially loves dolls. Her mother washes clothes and makes injera (a traditional Ethiopian food) for a living. Bizuayehu's father abandoned her mother when she was pregnant. She shared that there was a time when she couldn’t pay for her rent and was out in the streets for several months. This led to malnutrition for both of them but they were able to recover with help from the hospital's nutrition program. She is now living on her very limited income from making injera and washing people’s clothes in the neighborhood, and with support from another organization. Since birth, Bizuayehu has had a bilateral inguinal hernia. The bulge is usually visible when she cries, coughs or strains. She also gets irritable and has reduced appetite. Fortunately there is a cure and on October 6th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $591 to fund Bizuayehu's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Bizuayehu's mother says, “Once my child gets better and cured she can join a daycare and I can do a better job to earn a better income. And I hope she will do well at school. I would like to thank BKMCM for all the support I got. I would also like also to thank our donors for this surgery. I don’t know what I could do if it was not for you and all the people at different times who supported me and encouraged me. I have been supported and gone through so many challenges, but I have had people by my side. I am thankful to God for this blessing.”

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$100raised
$491to go

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