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Success! Kay from Cambodia raised $201 to fund eye surgery.

Kay
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$201
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kay's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2019.

Photo of Kay post-operation

May 4, 2019

Kay underwent eye surgery.

Kay has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operative swelling has started to go down, and her vision has improved. Thanks to surgery, she will be able to work and go about daily life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation.

Kay has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-opera...

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April 28, 2019

Kay is a 63-year-old mother of three from Cambodia. She has six grandchildren, and enjoys watching television and going to the pagoda in her free time.

Six months ago, Kay developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, headaches, irritation, and tearing. 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 Kay learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Kay 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for April 29.

She says, “I hope that my surgery goes well so I am able to see clearly and be able to go wherever I want to on my own.”

Kay is a 63-year-old mother of three from Cambodia. She has six grandchildren, and enjoys watching television and going to the pagoda in her...

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Kay's Timeline

  • April 28, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kay was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 29, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kay 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.

  • May 03, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 04, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 06, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kay's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Kay's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$115
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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