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

Kem
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kem's treatment was fully funded on March 1, 2022.

Photo of Kem post-operation

March 16, 2022

Kem underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Although Kem was nervous about undergoing surgery, he wanted to be able to return to work and support his children in school. His surgery went well, and he has returned home with instructions to keep water away from his eye for a week and to apply eye drops to continue his healing. Upon recovery, Kem can return to work full-time and enjoy spending time with his family.

Kem shared, “My eye is so much better. I’m not ashamed of how it looks; people don’t ask me why my eye is red. Thank you to the surgeons and the people who helped me to have this surgery.”

Although Kem was nervous about undergoing surgery, he wanted to be able to return to work and support his children in school. His surgery we...

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December 2, 2021

Kem is a 54-year-old construction worker with one daughter and four sons. He lives with his wife who is a housewife and proudly shared that all of his children are students. He likes to listen to the news on the radio when he is home.

Three years ago, Kem developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him tearing, itchiness, and constant burning in the eye. 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.

When Kem learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Kem 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 his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for December 2nd.

Kem told us, “I hope after surgery my eye feels good again so I can go back to work and not worry about my eye anymore.”

Kem is a 54-year-old construction worker with one daughter and four sons. He lives with his wife who is a housewife and proudly shared that ...

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Kem's Timeline

  • December 2, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 2, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kem 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.

  • December 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 1, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kem's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 16, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kem's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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