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Success! Sol from Cambodia raised $225 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

Sol
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sol's treatment was fully funded on October 2, 2022.

Photo of Sol post-operation

October 16, 2022

Sol underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Sol was happy he took the advice of his brother to have his eye surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre. He was able to return home after two days in the hospital and will rest at home for several more days with antibiotic drops to reduce the chance of infection. His life will change because the itching, redness, and poor vision will disappear, and he will be able to see better to work in his trade. He looks forward to spending time in the sunshine - something he has not been able to do for several years.

Sol’s wife said: “we are grateful that Sol’s eye could be fixed and his vision will be better. He is able to work easier and is happier. The income will help to pay for our children to stay in school and support our living. Thank you to the donors and to the staff who helped him have this surgery.”

Sol was happy he took the advice of his brother to have his eye surgery at Children's Surgical Centre. He was able to return home after two ...

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May 2, 2022

Sol is a 42-year-old man who works as a blacksmith, while his wife sells groceries from their home. They have three daughters, who are all students in the local public school. When Sol is not working, he likes to listen to the news on the radio or on his phone.

Two years ago, Sol developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him irritation, tearing, and difficulty seeing in low light. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, which is the mucous layer that lubricates the eye. These growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage, and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. As a result of this condition, Sol has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside.

When Sol learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three and a half hours hoping for treatment. On May 2nd, he will undergo surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $225 to fund this procedure, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Sol said, “After surgery, I hope my eye can see better. I need good eyesight to work well in my trade.”

Sol is a 42-year-old man who works as a blacksmith, while his wife sells groceries from their home. They have three daughters, who are all s...

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Sol's Timeline

  • May 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sol 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.

  • May 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sol's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sol's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 16, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sol's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Sol's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$146
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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