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

Horn
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Horn's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2021.

Photo of Horn post-operation

January 23, 2021

Horn underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Horn’s procedure to treat a pterygium and help him see better was successful. He’s returned home and will come back in a couple weeks for his follow up eye exam. He’s relieve to no longer experience any more irritation or blurry vision. Horn will be able to return to working and doing things comfortably throughout the day.

Horn shared, “My wife is happy that now I can help around the house more. I am excited to start earning more money for my family again.”

Horn's procedure to treat a pterygium and help him see better was successful. He's returned home and will come back in a couple weeks for hi...

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September 21, 2020

Horn is 64-year-old mango and rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married with three sons, seven daughters, and six grandchildren. His wife is also a farmer. In his free time he enjoys listening to the news on the radio.

Three years ago, Horn developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation, burning, redness, and tearing. 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 Horn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours by tuk tuk with his daughters seeking treatment. Horn 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 September 21st.

Horn said, “I hope the pterygium can be removed so I can feel comfortable and continue my work at the farm.”

Horn is 64-year-old mango and rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married with three sons, seven daughters, and six grandchildren. His wife is ...

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Horn's Timeline

  • September 21, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Horn was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 21, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Horn 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.

  • September 21, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Horn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Horn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 01, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Horn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Horn'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.