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Success! Sophea from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery.

Sophea
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sophea's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2020.

Photo of Sophea post-operation

June 30, 2020

Sophea underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Sophea’s surgery was successful! Her pterygium was removed and she has been discharged with eyedrops and a followup appointment. Once the swelling around her eye goes down, she will be able to see everything clearly again.

“I feel very happy that the irritation is gone from my eye. I am excited to see everything clearly again, and I will feel more comfortable going back to my job as a phone seller,” Sophea shared.

Sophea's surgery was successful! Her pterygium was removed and she has been discharged with eyedrops and a followup appointment. Once the sw...

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April 30, 2020

Sophea is a 27-year-old phone seller from Cambodia. She is a single mother to one son. To earn an income for their family, she sells mobile phones at the market. In her free time she enjoys being with her son and playing on Facebook on her phone.

Seven years ago, Sophea developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, tearing, and feeling uncomfortable going outside. 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 Sophea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Sophea 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 April 30th.

“I hope that my irritation will go away and I will be able to see everything better with no tearing. I can go outside with my little one and continue selling phones at the market.” shared Sophea.

Sophea is a 27-year-old phone seller from Cambodia. She is a single mother to one son. To earn an income for their family, she sells mobile ...

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Sophea's Timeline

  • April 30, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 30, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophea 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.

  • May 01, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 16, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophea's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

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Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Sophea'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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