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Success! Saphat from Cambodia raised $216 to fund eye surgery so she can live pain-free.

Saphat
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$216
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$0
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Fully funded
Saphat's treatment was fully funded on August 13, 2022.

Photo of Saphat post-operation

August 31, 2022

Saphat underwent eye surgery so she can live pain-free.

Saphat was nervous to have surgery for her eye but was frustrated that she could not see well, and was ashamed of how her eye looked. She had successful surgery to remove the growth and is happy with the results. After her eye has healed, she can help her sister on the farm and around the house.

Saphat said: “I am thankful to the people who funded my surgery so I can be more useful to my family. I hope that they continue to help Cambodians like me who need help.”

Saphat was nervous to have surgery for her eye but was frustrated that she could not see well, and was ashamed of how her eye looked. She ha...

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April 4, 2022

Saphat is a 67-year-old retired rice farmer. She lives with her sister, who is a farmer. Saphat enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time.

In 2012, Saphat developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her burning, tearing, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, the mucous layer that lubricates the eye. These growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage, and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil as a result. Because of this condition, Saphat has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Saphat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 4th, she will undergo a 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 her procedure, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Saphat shared, “I hope the tearing and burning stop after surgery. I want to see well, do my housework, and be independent.’

Saphat is a 67-year-old retired rice farmer. She lives with her sister, who is a farmer. Saphat enjoys listening to the monks pray on the ra...

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Saphat's Timeline

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saphat 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.

  • April 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saphat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 13, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saphat's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 31, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saphat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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