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Leang is a rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $216 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

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October 19, 2021

Leang is a 62-year-old farmer. She’s married and has two daughters, five sons, and seven grandchildren. She lives with her youngest son, who is a student, and her husband, who is a farmer. Leang cannot work in the rice fields as often anymore due to her eye condition. At home, she enjoys listening to the radio and the monks pray.

Two years ago, Leang developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itching, irritation, burning, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growth occurs when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. As a result, Leang has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Leang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 19th, Leang will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $216 to fund the total cost of this procedure, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Leang shared, “I hope my eye irritation stops and I can feel comfortable enough again to help my husband in the rice field”

Leang is a 62-year-old farmer. She's married and has two daughters, five sons, and seven grandchildren. She lives with her youngest son, who...

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Leang's Timeline

  • October 19, 2021

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

  • October 19, 2021

    Leang 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.

  • October 21, 2021

    Leang's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Leang is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Leang's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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