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Success! Chhoeuy from Cambodia raised $148 to fund corrective eye surgery.

Chhoeuy
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  • $148 raised, $0 to go
$148
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chhoeuy's treatment was fully funded on February 19, 2017.

Photo of Chhoeuy post-operation

February 21, 2017

Chhoeuy underwent corrective eye surgery.

Chhoeuy’s eye pterygium was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and eye ointment to fight infection.

Chhoeuy says, “I look better than before. I can continue my work easily and go anywhere outside.”

Chhoeuy's eye pterygium was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was giv...

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December 15, 2016

Chhoeuy is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has five children and ten grandchildren. She likes to join in ceremonies at her pagoda and listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Three years ago, Chhoeuy’s work as a rice farmer became much more difficult due to the development of blurred vision, irritation, and tearing in both eyes. As her condition worsened, Chhoeuy began to worry about going blind. In December of 2016, she and her daughter traveled three hours to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Chhoeuy was diagnosed with a pterygium, a growth of tissue, in each eye. This condition is relatively common for those who work outdoors. On December 15, eye surgeons at CSC will remove the pterygium from each eye, allowing Chhoeuy to see clearly again. They are requesting $148 to cover the cost of the operation.

“I hope that my eye irritation stops and that I look better than I do now. I want to continue my work and go anywhere outside by myself,” Chhoeuy says.

Chhoeuy is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has five children and ten grandchildren. She likes to join in ceremon...

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Chhoeuy's Timeline

  • December 15, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 15, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhoeuy 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.

  • January 09, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhoeuy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 19, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhoeuy's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 21, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhoeuy'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 $148 for Chhoeuy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$97
Medical Staff
$50
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • 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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