Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Koemsor from Cambodia raised $148 to fund removal of excess tissue in her eyes.

Koemsor
100%
  • $148 raised, $0 to go
$148
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Koemsor's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Koemsor post-operation

May 16, 2017

Koemsor underwent eye surgery.

Koemsor’s eye pterygium was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection.

Koemsor says, “I look better and I feel comfortable again. I can easily continue my work as a farmer and go anywhere outside very well. I don’t have to be shy around others anymore.”

Koemsor's eye pterygium was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was giv...

Read more
May 2, 2017

Koemsor is a 42-year-old farmer from Cambodia who is married with two sons, one daughter, and one grandchild. During her free time, she enjoys watching Khmer and Indian movies.

Two years ago, Koemsor developed a pterygium in each eye. A pterygium is a condition in which excess tissue grows over the eye, causing blurry vision, irritation, and tearing.

Koemsor traveled three hours to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On May 2, doctors at CSC will surgically remove the excess tissue from Koemsor’s eyes. After this procedure, she will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $148 to help fund this medical intervention.

Koemsor is a 42-year-old farmer from Cambodia who is married with two sons, one daughter, and one grandchild. During her free time, she enjo...

Read more

Koemsor's Timeline

  • May 2, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 2, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Koemsor 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.

  • May 9, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Koemsor's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 16, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Koemsor's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Koemsor's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $148 for Koemsor's treatment
Hospital Fees
$97
Medical Staff
$50
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.