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Thon is a hard working 62-year-old from Cambodia who needs $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery so she can see well.

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March 3, 2022

Thon is a 62-year-old woman who collects recyclables around her community to earn a living. Sadly, her husband passed away over twenty years ago. She has four sons, who all work in construction. Thon lives with her niece, who helps her sort through refuse for recycling. When she is not working, she likes to watch movies on television.

Things have gotten more difficult for her recently as two years ago, Thon developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her constant eye 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.

When Thon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there hoping to have treatment. On March 3rd, she will undergo 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 $216, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Thon shared, “after surgery, I hope my eye feels comfortable and won’t burn or be irritated. I can continue my work outside with my niece and not worry about my eye anymore.”

Thon is a 62-year-old woman who collects recyclables around her community to earn a living. Sadly, her husband passed away over twenty years...

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Thon's Timeline

  • March 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 3, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Thon was scheduled to receive 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.

  • March 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Thon is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Thon's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

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