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Success! Lai from Cambodia raised $216 to fund surgery to treat her pterygium.

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Lai's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2020.

Photo of Lai post-operation

September 4, 2020

Lai underwent surgery to treat her pterygium.

Lai’s surgery was successful, and her pterygium has been removed. Fully healing after removal typically takes several weeks, but once she recovers Lai will be able to see everything clearly and will no longer experience any tearing or irritation. She will be able to return to work and enjoy increased independence.

Lai shared, “I already feel so comfortable and confident that I can go walk around by myself. I am excited to do my daily work again and take care of my children well.”

Lai's surgery was successful, and her pterygium has been removed. Fully healing after removal typically takes several weeks, but once she re...

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July 2, 2020

Lai is a 35-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Lai has a son and daughter. Her children are students, and her husband is a construction worker. When Lai is not working or taking her kids to and from school, she likes to watch Khmer and Thai dramas on TV.

Seven years ago, Lai developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing tearing and severe irritation. 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 Lai learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours to seek treatment. Lai needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence of the pterygium. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for July 2nd.

Lai shared, “I hope that my eye surgery will remove this growth so I can continue with my work at the rice field again. I want to cook food for my children, take them to school, and be independent.”

Her husband shared, “I think my wife has become very sad and angry because of this problem, so I hope the doctors can help her feel well.”

Lai is a 35-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Lai has a son and daughter. Her children are students, and her husband is a construction wor...

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Lai's Timeline

  • July 2, 2020

    Lai was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 2, 2020

    Lai received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • July 2, 2020

    Lai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 4, 2020

    Lai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 16, 2020

    Lai's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Lai's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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