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Success! Seanghai from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery so that he can see well.

Seanghai
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Seanghai's treatment was fully funded on March 7, 2022.

Photo of Seanghai post-operation

March 18, 2022

Seanghai underwent pterygium eye surgery so that he can see well.

Seanghai’s surgery was successful, and it was important to have the surgery so his eyesight did not deteriorate further. Before the operation, his vision was blurry and he felt like he always had sand or dirt in his eye. Now, Seanghai sees better, and although it will take several weeks to heal completely, he is thrilled that his vision is already better.

Seanghai said: “I am happy my eye surgery will help me see better. I can go outside to work on my farm, and I will not be ashamed of how my eye looks. Thank you to the donors who helped me have this surgery, and thank you to the CSC staff for taking care of me.”

Seanghai's surgery was successful, and it was important to have the surgery so his eyesight did not deteriorate further. Before the operati...

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December 6, 2021

Seanghai is a 62-year-old farmer. He’s married and has four daughters and now five grandchildren. When he is not working, he likes to listen to the news on the radio.

Five years ago, Seanghai developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him blurry vision 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 Seanghai learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 6th, he will undergo 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, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Seanghai shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see better and I won’t be ashamed of how my eye looks any longer.”

Seanghai is a 62-year-old farmer. He's married and has four daughters and now five grandchildren. When he is not working, he likes to listen...

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Seanghai's Timeline

  • December 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Seanghai 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.

  • December 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Seanghai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 7, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Seanghai's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Seanghai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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