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Success! Sarith from Cambodia raised $216 to fund sight-restoring pterygium eye surgery.

Sarith
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$216
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Fully funded
Sarith's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Sarith post-operation

September 24, 2020

Sarith underwent sight-restoring pterygium eye surgery.

Sarith will need to use medicine following the doctor’s prescription and come back for a follow-up appointment next week. Now, he will have no more eye irritation, and he will not experience pain and itchiness. He will be able to continue his work selling gasoline and earning an income to support his young family.

Sarith said, “I am happy that the pterygium have been removed. Also, I am feeling more comfortable with my appearance and my sight, and am looking forward to start up my work again.”

Sarith will need to use medicine following the doctor's prescription and come back for a follow-up appointment next week. Now, he will have ...

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August 3, 2020

Sarith is a 40-year-old gasoline seller from Cambodia. He lives with his family in Kampongcham province. He has one son and one daughter who are both in elementary school. He likes to take his kids to school in the morning and in his free time he enjoys listening to music.

Twelve years ago, Sarith developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him severe irritation, tearing and redness. 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 Sarith learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. Sarith 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 August 3rd.

Sarith’s wife shared, “I have always been worried that my husband would have this eye problem forever, and that his sight would not get better. I am so glad we have the opportunity to come to Children’s Surgical Centre.”

Sarith is a 40-year-old gasoline seller from Cambodia. He lives with his family in Kampongcham province. He has one son and one daughter who...

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Sarith's Timeline

  • August 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 3, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sarith 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.

  • August 4, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sarith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 24, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sarith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sarith's treatment was fully funded.

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