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

Im
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$216
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Im's treatment was fully funded on June 28, 2020.

Photo of Im post-operation

July 2, 2020

Im underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Im’s surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a followup appointment has been scheduled to check the healing of her conjunctival graft. With the pterygium removed, Im will no longer experience irritation or tearing, and she will have improved vision.

Im shared, “The tearing and feeling of itchiness have totally gone, and I know that my sight will get better very quickly. I am so happy about this surgery and I can’t wait to see all my family clearly again.”

Im's surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a followup appointment has been scheduled to check the healing of he...

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June 1, 2020

Im is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Im is married and has one son and five daughters. She lives with her youngest daughter. Im enjoys spending time with her family and listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Six years ago, Im developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her discomfort, tearing, redness, 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 Im learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Im 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 June 1st.

Im said, “I hope my eye feels better after surgery so I can easily do my work and not have so much itchiness.”

Im is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Im is married and has one son and five daughters. She lives with her youngest daughter. Im en...

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Im's Timeline

  • June 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 1, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Im 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.

  • June 2, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Im's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 28, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Im's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 2, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Im's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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