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Success! Sakun from Cambodia raised $150 to remove growths in his eyes.

Sakun
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$150
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Fully funded
Sakun's treatment was fully funded on July 1, 2016.

Photo of Sakun post-operation

July 27, 2016

Sakun received vision-restoring surgery.

After over a decade living with blurred vision and pain, Sakun was able to successfully undergo surgery to remove the pterygiums in his eyes.

The non-cancerous growths caused him pain and did not allow him to work. The procedure removed the pterygiums, and he has been given an ointment to protect himself from infection.

Sakun is very happy that the treatment went well and he feels much more confortable returning home pain-free. With his restored vision, Sakun will be able to return to work in the rice farms to help support his family. Both he and his wife are very thankful he was able to have this life-changing treatment.

After over a decade living with blurred vision and pain, Sakun was able to successfully undergo surgery to remove the pterygiums in his eyes...

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June 9, 2016

“I hope my eye will feel comfortable soon,” shared 47-year-old Sakun. For a decade now, Sakun has been living with a pterygium in each of his eyes. These are non-cancerous growths that often develop in the eyes because of heavy exposure to sunlight or dust.

Besides this daily discomfort, Sakun’s pterygia cause him blurred vision, as well as redness, burning, and tearing in his eyes. These symptoms, in turn, make it difficult for Sakun to work.

Sakun is a rice farmer. It is important that he returns to physical wellness soon so that he can continue to work to support his wife and three sons. Restoring his vision will also help Sakun return to one of his favorite leisure activities, watching the news on TV (which is difficult for him now due to his vision issues).

If Sakun receives a pterygium excision surgery in each eye, his pain and irritation will go away. For $150, we can sponsor this double surgery, as well as the hospital stay and medications Sakun will need to recover safely from his operation.

“I would like to be able to go outside on my own,” Sakun shares. With this medical intervention, that will be possible again for Sakun.

"I hope my eye will feel comfortable soon,” shared 47-year-old Sakun. For a decade now, Sakun has been living with a pterygium in each of hi...

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Sakun's Timeline

  • June 9, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sakun was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 9, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sakun 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.

  • July 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sakun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sakun's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 27, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sakun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.