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Success! Sun from Cambodia raised $216 to fund a procedure to treat a pterygium in her right eye.

Sun
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
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$0
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Fully funded
Sun's treatment was fully funded on February 19, 2021.

Photo of Sun post-operation

February 22, 2021

Sun underwent a procedure to treat a pterygium in her eye.

The pterygium in Sun’s right eye was removed by doctors at our Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre. After a course of ointment and eye drops to decrease inflammation and promote healing, she is relieved that she can now see out of her right eye.

Sun has been able to start farming again with her family and support herself. As she was heading home from the hospital, Sun said, “Now I can do housework and go anywhere by myself. I’m feeling happy that my eye is better and I can see.”

The pterygium in Sun's right eye was removed by doctors at our Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre. After a course of ointment and ey...

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November 16, 2020

Sun is a 60-year-old farmer from Cambodia. Sun is married with three sons, four daughters, and 11 grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her daughter. Sun enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Sun developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, tearing, itching, and burning. 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 Sun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. Sun 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 November 16th.

Sun shared, “I hope my eye will get better after surgery so I can go outside easily on my own.”

Sun is a 60-year-old farmer from Cambodia. Sun is married with three sons, four daughters, and 11 grandchildren. She lives with her husband ...

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Sun's Timeline

  • November 16, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 16, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sun 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.

  • November 18, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 19, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sun's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sun'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 Sun'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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