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Success! Ratha from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium surgery on her eye.

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

Photo of Ratha post-operation

December 22, 2021

Ratha underwent pterygium surgery on her eye.

Ratha had successful surgery to remove the pterygium that has caused her pain and poor vision. She will rest for a few days, avoid getting her eye wet and apply eye drops to aid in healing and preventing infection. Ratha’s eye will be sensitive to light for a few days, but her eye will heal quickly now that she had surgery and she will soon have improved vision. She has new hope that her life will change because she can be more independent and helpful to her family now.

Her husband said, “I am happy to see that my wife’s eye can see better so she can go anywhere by herself. She is not ashamed for people to see her eye anymore. She can take care of our grandchildren and I don’t worry about her eye anymore.”

Ratha had successful surgery to remove the pterygium that has caused her pain and poor vision. She will rest for a few days, avoid getting h...

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November 22, 2021

Ratha is a 48-year-old homemaker. She lives with her husband, who works as a policeman, and they have two daughters, three sons, and four grandchildren. Ratha looks after her grandchildren while her children work and enjoys watching movies on TV when she is not cooking for her family.

Two years ago, Ratha developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her burning, tearing, irritation, and significant discomfort. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. They occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. As a result, Ratha has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside.

When Ratha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On November 22nd, Ratha will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $216 to fund the total cost of her procedure, including medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Ratha shared, “I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable, I can help out more, do housework and look after my grandchildren well.”

Ratha is a 48-year-old homemaker. She lives with her husband, who works as a policeman, and they have two daughters, three sons, and four gr...

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Ratha's Timeline

  • November 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ratha 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.

  • November 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ratha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ratha's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ratha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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

Mu lives with her four nieces and nephew in a refugee camp along the Thai/Burma border region. One of her nieces is a medic, the other a teacher, and the two youngest go to school with her nephew. Mu is unemployed and in her free time she enjoys gardening and reading the Bible. In 2019, Mu started to suffer from abdominal pain, back pain, and exhaustion. When she touched her lower abdomen, she could feel a mass. After the International Rescue Committee (IRC) helped her undergo medical investigations at multiple hospitals, she was diagnosed with bilateral endometriosis cysts and was told she has cysts outside of her uterus. Although she needed surgery, she was told she would have to wait because all surgeries had stopped due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Thailand. In September, she had an ultrasound which showed that she had one new cyst. The doctor said she would need surgery soon but Mu could not go back to Mae Sot Hospital for the next few months because more COVID-19 cases in the refugee camp caused a lockdown. When she was finally able to go to the hospital this month, doctors have scheduled her for surgery to remove her cysts. With Mu unable to pay for the procedure, IRC referred her to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund for financial assistance to raise $1,500 that is needed for her treatment. "I felt like half of my worries disappeared when I heard that I could have surgery with the support of donors," said Mu. "I have waited so long to receive surgery and my condition is so painful. I would like to say thank you so much to everyone who is helping me."

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$1,188raised
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