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Success! Sokhon from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery in her right eye to remove abnormal tissue.

Sokhon
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$225
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sokhon's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2022.

Photo of Sokhon post-operation

January 11, 2023

Sokhon underwent eye surgery in her right eye to remove abnormal tissue.

Sokhon has returned home after a successful operation to repair her eye. Thanks to surgery, she will be able to go about her life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation. She looks forward to returning to living a full life and supporting her family.

Sokhon’s husband said: “We are so grateful to the staff and donors who made it possible for my wife to have her eye surgery. She can now sell groceries again, see the currency well to make change, and is much happier. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.”

Sokhon has returned home after a successful operation to repair her eye. Thanks to surgery, she will be able to go about her life with impro...

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September 29, 2022

Sokhon is a 51-year-old grocery seller. She is married and lives with her husband, her daughter, and two grandchildren. Her husband is a farmer and her daughter is a garment worker. She sells groceries from the front of their house to neighbors. At home, she likes to watch the news on TV.

Six years ago, Sokhon developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing and burning of her affected eye. She has trouble seeing the local currency from customers and it is hard for her to make change. 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.

When Sokhon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Sokhon 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 $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 29th.

Sokhon shared: “I hope after surgery my eye can see better. I can sell groceries and not worry about my eye anymore.”

Sokhon is a 51-year-old grocery seller. She is married and lives with her husband, her daughter, and two grandchildren. Her husband is a far...

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Sokhon's Timeline

  • September 29, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 29, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokhon 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.

  • September 30, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokhon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokhon's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokhon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Sokhon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$146
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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