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

Ngoun
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$216
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Fully funded
Ngoun's treatment was fully funded on October 15, 2020.

Photo of Ngoun post-operation

February 2, 2020

Ngoun underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Ngoun has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operative swelling has started to go down, and her vision has improved. Thanks to surgery, she will be able to work and go about daily life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation.

Ngoun said, “I am so happy that my surgery removed the pterygium from my eye. Now, I am feeling so much better and more comfortable and can continue my work at the farm field. I can do any housework and can go anywhere outside again.”

Ngoun has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-ope...

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January 12, 2020

Ngoun is a 43-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in her free time.

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

When Ngoun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. Ngoun 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 $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for January 13th.

“I hope that the irritation in my eyes will go away and I will be able to see better and go back to planting rice and crops again,” she shared.

Ngoun is a 43-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in her free time. Ten ...

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Ngoun's Timeline

  • January 12, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ngoun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 13, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ngoun 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.

  • January 13, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ngoun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 2, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ngoun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 15, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ngoun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Ngoun'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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