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

Say
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
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$0
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Say's treatment was fully funded on February 5, 2021.

Photo of Say post-operation

January 23, 2021

Say underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Say’s pterygium eye surgery was very successful. She’s back home and once Say has fully recovered, she will no longer have to deal with irritation and tearing, and can have more independence doing the things she likes and needs to do throughout the day.

Say shared, “My eye feels so much better now than before. I am excited to return home and live in comfort without worrying everyday about my eye.”

Say's pterygium eye surgery was very successful. She's back home and once Say has fully recovered, she will no longer have to deal with irri...

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September 25, 2020

Say is a 58-year-old vegetable and rice farmer from Cambodia. Say has two sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. Her husband was killed years ago in a shooting and she now lives with her daughter. Say enjoys watching Khmer dramas on TV and listening to the monks pray on the radio or at the pagoda.

Five years ago, Say developed a pterygium in right, causing her burning, irritation, tearing, itching, and discomfort with her 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Say learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours by taxi with her son seeking treatment. Say 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 her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 24th.

Say said, “I hope after surgery I can continue my work easily and I will feel comfortable with my eye again. I would like to spend time cooking with my grandchildren.”

Say is a 58-year-old vegetable and rice farmer from Cambodia. Say has two sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. Her husband was killed ...

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Say's Timeline

  • September 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Say 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 25, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 27, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Say's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Say's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Say's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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