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Success! Channy from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery to treat a pterygium.

Channy
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Channy's treatment was fully funded on August 1, 2022.

Photo of Channy post-operation

August 19, 2022

Channy underwent eye surgery to treat pterygium.

Channy’s surgery was a success! She has returned home to rest and will apply eye drops to continue her healing. Before undergoing this procedure, Channy had difficulty going outside, making it impossible for her to work in the rice fields. Now, Channy is thrilled because she can see well again. She looks forward to being more independent and helping her family grow rice and earn for themselves.

Channy shared, “I am so grateful I was able to have my eye fixed so I can return to the fields to grow rice with my children. I feel better about how my eye looks, and it feels better, too. Thank you to the people who give money so farmers like me can have better eyesight.”

Channy's surgery was a success! She has returned home to rest and will apply eye drops to continue her healing. Before undergoing this proce...

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April 7, 2022

Channy is a 60-year-old rice farmer with one son, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Channy lives with her daughter who works in an office. Her husband is a monk.

Five months ago, Channy developed a pterygium in right, causing her itchiness and 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 Channy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Channy 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 $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for April 7th.

Channy says, “I really hope the irritation goes away after surgery and I can go outside and do things more easily.”

Channy is a 60-year-old rice farmer with one son, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Channy lives with her daughter who works in an offic...

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Channy's Timeline

  • April 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 7, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Channy 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.

  • April 8, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Channy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 1, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Channy's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Channy'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 $225 for Channy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$146
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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