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Success! Choeun from Cambodia raised $216 to fund eye surgery so he can work.

Choeun
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
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$0
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Fully funded
Choeun's treatment was fully funded on June 25, 2021.

Photo of Choeun post-operation

July 1, 2021

Choeun underwent eye surgery so he can work.

Choeun’s vision improved immediately after his successful surgery. Choeun’s eye will heal quickly, but will remain sensitive to light for a short time. He has been instructed to not wet his eyes, wear an eye patch for a day or two, and get a lot of sleep. Choeun is excited he can continue to work now that he has been treated. He shared that he’s also now more confident to interact with people since his eye appears and functions well again.

His wife shared on behalf of their family, “I am so happy his eye is better; he is more comfortable and can go to work like before to support our family. Thank you to donors who helped Choeun to have this surgery.”

Choeun's vision improved immediately after his successful surgery. Choeun's eye will heal quickly, but will remain sensitive to light for a ...

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June 17, 2021

Choeun is a 41-year-old construction worker. His wife and two sons also work in the same profession. Choeun enjoys watching the news on TV and looking at Facebook on his phone.

Three years ago, Choeun developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him itchiness and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye, and occur due to excessive sun damage. Due to the abnormal growth, Choeun has difficulty seeing things clearly and working.

When Choeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours with his wife seeking treatment. Choeun needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva and prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $216, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for June 17th.

Choeun expressed his hopes for the future: “I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable so I can work well and go anywhere on my own.”

Choeun is a 41-year-old construction worker. His wife and two sons also work in the same profession. Choeun enjoys watching the news on TV a...

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Choeun's Timeline

  • June 17, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Choeun 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 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Choeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Choeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Choeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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