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

Sreang
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$216
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Sreang's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2020.

Photo of Sreang post-operation

June 17, 2020

Sreang underwent life-changing eye surgery.

Sreang’s eye surgery went well and he is feeling comfortable. The surgeons removed a non-cancerous growth called a pterygium in his right eye. Before the surgery, he had difficulty recognizing faces, driving his tuk tuk, and going anywhere outside. Now, he is no longer experiencing itchiness or tearing and feels more confident. Sreang feels happy that he can now see everything clearly and live a healthier life.

He says, “I am happy that my eye has recovered quickly. Now I can see things well, and when I find my strength again I am comfortable to continue my work driving a tuk tuk.”

His brother also shared, “I am grateful to see my brother feeling happy with his appearance. I am looking forward to seeing him go on to do his hard work again.”

Sreang's eye surgery went well and he is feeling comfortable. The surgeons removed a non-cancerous growth called a pterygium in his right ey...

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April 6, 2020

Sreang is a 38-year-old tuk tuk driver from Cambodia. He is the youngest son in a seven sibling family. When he is not driving his tuk tuk he enjoys playing on his phone.

Six years ago, Sreang developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, unhappiness 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 Sreang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Sreang 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 April 6th.

“I hope that my eye irritation will go away and I can drive my tuk tuk for my daily income,” Sreang said.

Sreang is a 38-year-old tuk tuk driver from Cambodia. He is the youngest son in a seven sibling family. When he is not driving his tuk tuk h...

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Sreang's Timeline

  • April 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sreang was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sreang received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sreang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sreang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 07, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sreang's treatment was fully funded.

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