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

Thy
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$201
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Thy's treatment was fully funded on October 28, 2020.

Photo of Thy post-operation

December 26, 2019

Thy underwent pterygium eye surgery.

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

“I am so glad my surgery went well in removing the pterygium from my eye. I am feeling so good and much more comfortable than before. I can return to my work and go anywhere outside again,” Thy said.

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

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December 15, 2019

Thy is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has eight children, six grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and going to the pagoda to pray.

Five years ago, Thy developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, redness, and irritation. 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 Thy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Thy 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for December 16th.

“I hope that I am able to take care of my grandchildren and help around the house again,” shared Thy.

Thy is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has eight children, six grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the rad...

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Thy's Timeline

  • December 15, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thy was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 16, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thy 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.

  • December 16, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 28, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Thy'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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$669raised
$205to go

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