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Success! Bean from Cambodia raised $150 for surgery to restore her vision.

Bean
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  • $150 raised, $0 to go
$150
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Bean's treatment was fully funded on June 30, 2016.

Photo of Bean post-operation

July 18, 2016

Bean underwent vision-restoring surgery.

After over ten years of blurred vision, burning, and irritation, Bean’s pterygiums in her eyes have successfully been removed in an excision surgery.

The non-cancerous growths kept her from being able to see clearly, and she was unable to easily get around on her own. The procedure went very well, and she has been given eye drops to apply daily to protect herself from infection. Already, her vision has improved and she is feeling much more comfortable.

Bean is very happy to have had the surgery, as she is no longer in pain and can once again easily move around and work by herself.

After over ten years of blurred vision, burning, and irritation, Bean’s pterygiums in her eyes have successfully been removed in an excision...

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June 6, 2016

Bean is a 50-year-old rice farmer. She is married with two sons and one daughter and lives with her family in Cambodia. Bean enjoys listening to social news on the radio and working around her home.

10 years ago, Bean developed a pterygium in each eye. A pterygium is a cyst that starts on the clear tissue of the eye and can spread to the cornea. This caused her blurred vision, burning, tearing, irritation, and she is afraid of the bright sunshine. She can’t do work well or get around easily on her own.

After traveling for four hours with her daughter, Bean was able to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for medical help. Doctors from CSC will perform a pterygium excision surgery, which costs $150. Bean’s burning and irritation will be relieved and the cysts will be removed from each eye.

“I hope I can continue my work on the farm with a comfortable feeling,” shares Bean.

Bean is a 50-year-old rice farmer. She is married with two sons and one daughter and lives with her family in Cambodia. Bean enjoys listenin...

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Bean's Timeline

  • June 6, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 6, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bean 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 27, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bean's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bean's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 18, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bean's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 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.