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Success! Nen from Cambodia raised $148 to fund eye surgery.

Nen
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  • $148 raised, $0 to go
$148
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Nen's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Nen post-operation

May 16, 2017

Nen underwent eye surgery.

Nen’s eye pterygium was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection.

Nen says, “I look good and feel comfortable again. I can easily do my work on the farm and go anywhere by myself.”

Nen's eye pterygium was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given e...

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April 25, 2017

Nen is a 37-year-old rice farmer who lives with her husband and daughter in Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to watch the music channel and comedy shows on TV and chat with her neighbors.

About ten years ago, Nen developed a pterygium in each eye, causing her to experience blurred vision, irritation, tearing, and itching. It is difficult for her to see things clearly, work on her farm, or walk anywhere on her own.

A pterygium is a wing-shaped growth of tissue that appears as a membrane on the surface of the eye. The growth extends from the inner or outer corner of the eye toward the center and is typically noticed when it begins to cover the iris, the colored portion of the eye surrounding the pupil. Common symptoms include burning, itching, and blurry vision, as Nen is experiencing.

Nen learned about Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor who had undergone surgery there. Nen and her sister traveled three hours to reach CSC for evaluation and treatment.

On April 25, eye surgeons at CSC will remove the pterygia from Nen’s eyes to enable her to see clearly again. However, Nen needs help raising the $148 needed to pay for the surgery, three nights in the hospital, food for herself and her sister, eye drops and ointments, and medicine to reduce pain and prevent infection. Let’s help make that happen!

Nen is a 37-year-old rice farmer who lives with her husband and daughter in Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to watch the music channel...

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Nen's Timeline

  • April 25, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nen was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 25, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nen received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • May 02, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 16, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nen's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $148 for Nen's treatment
Hospital Fees
$97
Medical Staff
$50
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • 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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