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

Somaly
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Somaly's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2020.

Photo of Somaly post-operation

July 2, 2020

Somaly underwent eye surgery.

Somaly’s surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops, and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. Now that the pterygium has been removed, she will no longer experience irritation or burning in her right eye, and her vision will improve.

“I feel great that I can see everything more clearly and that there are no more tears. I want to thank the doctors. I will be able to make food for my grandchildren and take them to school when it opens again,” Somaly shared.

Somaly's surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops, and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. Now that th...

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May 7, 2020

Somaly is a 54-year-old housewife from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. Her husband works as a civil servant. She supports her family at home, cooking food and taking care of her grandchildren. When she has free time, she loves to watch dramas on TV.

One year ago, Somaly developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, constant tearing, and blurry vision. 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 Somaly learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled to the hospital seeking treatment. Somaly 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 May 7th.

Somaly said, “I always love taking my grandchildren to school in the morning, but I cannot do that right now. Once the irritation is gone, I will be back to normal and can take care of them again.”

Somaly is a 54-year-old housewife from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. Her husband works as a civil serva...

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Somaly's Timeline

  • May 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Somaly was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 07, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Somaly 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.

  • May 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Somaly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Somaly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Somaly's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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