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Success! Yom from Cambodia raised $216 to fund sight-restoring surgery so she can return to farming.

Yom
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yom's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2021.

Photo of Yom post-operation

January 10, 2022

Yom underwent sight-restoring surgery so she can return to farming.

Yom’s surgery was successful and she will be able see clearly again. Yom’s husband is happy for her and excited that she can be more independent now that she can see better. Yom plans to help her husband with the rice, and visit her children and grandchildren.

Yom said: “I am happy I will no longer have an itchy burning eye. I feel better about how my eye looks, and I won’t be afraid for people to look at my eye. Thank you to the doctors and nurses who were so kind to me at the hospital. I will tell my friends about the hospital so that they can get help too.”

Yom's surgery was successful and she will be able see clearly again. Yom's husband is happy for her and excited that she can be more indepen...

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November 25, 2021

Yom is a 49-year-old rice farmer who lives with her husband, daughter, and grandchildren on a farm in a province many hours away from the capital city, Phnom Penh, in Cambodia. In her spare time, Yom likes to watch funny stories on her phone.

Several years ago, Yom developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing itching, teariness, and difficulty seeing outside. 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. As a result, Yom has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside.

When Yom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Doctors recommended surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. CSC is requesting $216 to fund this procedure and cover the costs of medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Yom’s surgery is scheduled for November 25th.

Yom shared, “I hope my eye can see better after surgery, and it won’t look bad anymore. I want to help my husband outside again with crops.”

Yom is a 49-year-old rice farmer who lives with her husband, daughter, and grandchildren on a farm in a province many hours away from the ca...

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Yom's Timeline

  • November 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yom was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yom 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 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yom's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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