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December 1, 2019

Mao is a 51-year-old palm sugar seller from Cambodia. He has four children, three grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in his spare time.

Ten years ago, Mao developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Mao learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Mao 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Mao shared, “I hope that I can continue my work selling palm sugar at the market, and be able to go anywhere I want to on my own again.”

Mao is a 51-year-old palm sugar seller from Cambodia. He has four children, three grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on televis...

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Mao's Timeline

  • December 1, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mao 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.

  • December 02, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mao's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 09, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Mao is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Mao's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$115
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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