Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Sok Pha from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery so she can see clearly and keep working.

Sok Pha
100%
  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sok Pha's treatment was fully funded on October 15, 2022.

Photo of Sok Pha post-operation

October 25, 2022

Sok Pha underwent eye surgery so she can see clearly and keep working.

Sok Pha had not been able to work or help support her family due to her declining eyesight. When a neighbor told her about the Children’s Surgical Centre, she was hopeful they could fix her eye. She was thrilled when she was able to open her eye completely a few days after surgery. Sok Pha’s eye will take a few more weeks to fully heal, but she will soon be able to return to her work as a tailor and make money to support her family. It is important to her to contribute financially because she wants to make sure her children and grandchildren have good lives and are healthy.

Sok Pha’s husband said: “We are very grateful that the doctors were able to fix my wife’s eye. It won’t be red and itchy for her any longer and she can return to work. Thank you to all who paid for her to have this surgery. It has made her very happy again.”

Sok Pha had not been able to work or help support her family due to her declining eyesight. When a neighbor told her about the Children's Su...

Read more
May 9, 2022

Sok Pha is a 54-year-old tailor living with her husband, a security guard, in Cambodia. She has three daughters and three grandchildren. At home, Sok Pha likes to listen to music and to watch movies on TV.

Ten years ago, Sok Pha developed a non-cancerous growth in her left eye, causing tearing, irritation, and burning in her eye. This growth is a result of excessive sun damage, which caused cells to grow abnormally over the pupil in her left eye. Sok Pha has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Sok Pha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours to seek treatment. Sok Pha needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal cells, and to place a conjunctival graft on the surface of the cornea, to prevent a recurrence of this condition. Children’s Surgical Centre is seeking $225, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Her procedure is scheduled for May 9th.

Sok Pha says: “I hope after surgery I can see better so I can continue working as a tailor.”

Sok Pha is a 54-year-old tailor living with her husband, a security guard, in Cambodia. She has three daughters and three grandchildren. At ...

Read more

Sok Pha's Timeline

  • May 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sok Pha 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, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sok Pha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 15, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sok Pha's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 25, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sok Pha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Sok Pha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$146
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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.