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Success! Koem Hen from Cambodia raised $216 to fund treatment for a pterygium in her right eye.

Koem Hen
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$216
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Fully funded
Koem Hen's treatment was fully funded on April 5, 2021.

Photo of Koem Hen post-operation

March 26, 2021

Koem Hen underwent treatment for a pterygium in her right eye.

Koem Hen had a very smooth and successful operation. After 15 years of poor eyesight, her visual acuity is slowly improving as her eye heals. Koem Hen can now see the faces of her many children and grandchildren. Doctors gave Heang eye drops, which she will apply at home eight times daily to prevent infection. Her daughter is very happy for her mother and is glad that she can see clearly again and won’t have to worry anymore about her vision loss.

Koem Hen shared, “I feel very happy that I don’t have an eye that is awful looking, and no irritation. I can do housework, care for my grandchildren and go anywhere by myself.”

Koem Hen had a very smooth and successful operation. After 15 years of poor eyesight, her visual acuity is slowly improving as her eye heals...

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January 18, 2021

Koem Hen is a mother of five and a 62-year-old rice farmer who has three daughters, two sons, and many grandchildren. Because Koem Hen is older, she no longer works in the field. Nowadays, she helps her youngest daughter to take care of grandchildren and sell food out of their house. Her husband passed away from tetanus 20 years ago. In her free time, she likes to listen to the radio, especially the chanting and preaching of the monks, and watch Khmer dramas on TV.

Ten years ago, Koem Hen developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her eye to look unsightly, with itchiness and frequent 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 Koem Hen learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. Koem Hen 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 $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for January 18th.

Koem Hen shared, “I hope that after surgery, I will have good eyesight again. I want to take care of myself and my grandchildren, cook for my family, and help my daughter.”

Koem Hen is a mother of five and a 62-year-old rice farmer who has three daughters, two sons, and many grandchildren. Because Koem Hen is ol...

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Koem Hen's Timeline

  • January 18, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Koem Hen was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 18, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Koem Hen 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.

  • January 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Koem Hen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Koem Hen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Koem Hen's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Koem Hen's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$129
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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