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Success! Chan Sath from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery for her left eye.

Chan Sath
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Chan Sath's treatment was fully funded on July 16, 2022.

Photo of Chan Sath post-operation

July 22, 2022

Chan Sath underwent surgery for her left eye so she can see clearly again.

Chan Sath had spent most of her life outside and knew that her vision had declined, so was happy to learn about Children’s Surgical Centre from a neighbor in her village. She had successful surgery, and after several days in the hospital, is now able to return home. Surgery was important to ensure Chan Sath does not have a worsening of her condition. Her life will be better because her vision will improve, the symptoms will be gone and she feels she finally won’t be self-conscious about how her eye looks any more.

Chan Sath said: “I am so lucky I could have my eye fixed so I can see normally again. It is hard to be a farmer and not see well. Thank you, I am very grateful that I can work to feed my family so they can have a good life.”

Chan Sath had spent most of her life outside and knew that her vision had declined, so was happy to learn about Children's Surgical Centre f...

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June 7, 2022

Chan Sath is a 50-year-old rice farmer with one daughter, two sons, and four grandchildren. Her husband passed away, and she lives near her daughter who is a farmer. Chan Sath likes to watch movies on TV.

Five years ago, Chan Sath developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation, itchiness, 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 Chan Sath learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for seven and a half hours seeking treatment. Chan Sath 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 June 7th.

Chan Sath shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly so I can plant rice well.”

Chan Sath is a 50-year-old rice farmer with one daughter, two sons, and four grandchildren. Her husband passed away, and she lives near her ...

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Chan Sath's Timeline

  • June 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 7, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chan Sath 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.

  • June 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chan Sath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 16, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chan Sath's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 22, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chan Sath's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Chan Sath'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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