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

Hong
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  • $201 raised, $0 to go
$201
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$0
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Fully funded
Hong's treatment was fully funded on February 3, 2020.

Photo of Hong post-operation

October 22, 2019

Hong underwent eye surgery.

Hong 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.

Hong said, “I am so happy that my surgery was successful and that I am able to see clearly again and no longer have any irritation. I am able to continue my work as a driver and I feel much more comfortable than before.”

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

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October 2, 2019

Hong is a 44-year-old taxi driver from Cambodia. He has one son, three daughters, and enjoys watching Chinese dramas on television in his free time.

One year ago, Hong developed a pterygium in right, causing him blurry vision 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 Hong learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Hong 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 October 02.

“I hope that I will no longer have to worry about my husband’s condition, and that he will be able to see clearly after his surgery.” -Hong’s Wife

Hong is a 44-year-old taxi driver from Cambodia. He has one son, three daughters, and enjoys watching Chinese dramas on television in his fr...

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Hong's Timeline

  • October 2, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 2, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hong 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.

  • October 8, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 22, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 3, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hong's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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