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Success! Chom Hean from Cambodia raised $225 to fund surgery so she can see clearly again.

Chom Hean
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chom Hean's treatment was fully funded on October 3, 2022.

Photo of Chom Hean post-operation

October 16, 2022

Chom Hean underwent surgery so she can see clearly again.

It was difficult for Chom Hean to travel eight hours to reach Children’s Surgical Centre, but it was important for her to have her eye repaired so she can see well enough to farm the family’s rice fields. She had successful eye surgery and was able to return home with antibiotic eye drops to aid in healing and reduce the chance of infection. Improved eyesight is important to Chom Hean to be able to help her children with their studies in school. She looks forward to improved vision, and no more irritation or tearing. She also is happy her eye will look better soon.

Chom Hean’s husband said: “we are lucky that my wife could get free care to fix her eye and her eyesight. This care is not available in our province, and we are grateful that you supported Chom Hean to have this surgery. Thank you to the staff at the hospital, they were very kind to us after a long trip.”

It was difficult for Chom Hean to travel eight hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre, but it was important for her to have her eye repai...

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May 2, 2022

Chom Hean is a 42-year-old woman who is a rice farmer along with her husband. Together they have three children, who are all students. In her free time, Chom Hean likes to visit her relatives in their village and listen to the news on the radio at home.

Five years ago, Chom Hean developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation, pain, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, which is a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. These growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage, and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. As a result, Chom Hean has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside.

When Chom Hean learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled a long eight and a half hours across the country to receive treatment. On May 2nd, she will undergo surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $225 to fund this procedure, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Chom Hean shared, “After surgery, I hope my eye can see better and the irritation will stop. I want to be able to plant crops with my husband.”

Chom Hean is a 42-year-old woman who is a rice farmer along with her husband. Together they have three children, who are all students. In he...

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Chom Hean's Timeline

  • May 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chom Hean 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.

  • May 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chom Hean's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 3, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chom Hean's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 16, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chom Hean's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Chom Hean'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.