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

  • $216 raised, $0 to go
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Channy's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2021.

Photo of Channy post-operation

October 8, 2021

Channy underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Channy had a successful surgery to remove the pterygium that clouded her vision. Channy’s sight will gradually improve, and she will be able to return to the rice fields to help the family with crops.

Channy said: “I’m so happy my eye will look better, I won’t have itching or pain any more. I can go outside by myself and won’t worry about my eye anymore. Thank you for helping me have this surgery.”

Channy had a successful surgery to remove the pterygium that clouded her vision. Channy's sight will gradually improve, and she will be abl...

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September 8, 2021

Channy is a 63-year-old rice farmer who is married and has four daughters and seven grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her youngest daughter who also works as a farmer.

Five years ago, Channy developed a pterygium in her right eye causing her itchiness, tearing, and irritation. 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 not worked in the rice field for the past few years because of her condition.

When Channy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 8th, Channy will undergo 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.

Channy shared, “I hope after surgery my eye will be better. I can help my husband at the rice field and also help my daughter to take care of my grandchildren.”

Channy is a 63-year-old rice farmer who is married and has four daughters and seven grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her younge...

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Channy's Timeline

  • September 8, 2021

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

  • September 8, 2021

    Channy 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.

  • September 9, 2021

    Channy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 8, 2021

    Channy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 16, 2021

    Channy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Channy's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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