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Success! Leng from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery.

Leng
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Leng's treatment was fully funded on February 28, 2021.

Photo of Leng post-operation

March 1, 2021

Leng underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Leng has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Leng’s visual acuity has already improved, which will greatly improve his quality of life and ability to do his job as a construction worker. He looks forward to being able to go places independently and see his children’s faces clearly again.

After his surgery, Leng told us, “I feel very happy that my eye is better. I know I can work better to support my family.”

Leng has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Leng’s visual acuity has already improved, which will greatly improve his quali...

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December 7, 2020

Leng is a 42-year-old father of three from Cambodia. He is a construction worker with one son and two daughters who are all in school. In his free time, Leng likes listening to news on the radio.

Five years ago, Leng developed a pterygium in left, causing him blurry vision, tearing, redness, and discomfort with his appearance. 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Leng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for eight hours with his father seeking treatment. Leng 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 his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for December 7th.

Leng said, “I want my eye to get well soon so I can go to work to earn money to support my children in their schooling.”

Leng is a 42-year-old father of three from Cambodia. He is a construction worker with one son and two daughters who are all in school. In hi...

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Leng's Timeline

  • December 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 7, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leng 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.

  • December 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Leng's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Leng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Leng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$129
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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