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

Lay
100%
  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lay's treatment was fully funded on August 4, 2021.

Photo of Lay post-operation

June 24, 2021

Lay underwent eye surgery.

Lay had a successful operation at CSC, and was able to return home. She will use the post-op medications and rest for several days. Lay is happy that she no longer experiences pain and irritation in her eye, and that her eye is no longer red or unsightly. Lay wants to return to selling cookies at the school as soon as it re-opens so that she is able to support her young son.

Her sister said: “I am glad Lay’s eye is better, and it isn’t bothering her anymore. I would like to thank the CSC staff for caring for her well and thank the strangers who donated to help her to have this procedure.”

Lay had a successful operation at CSC, and was able to return home. She will use the post-op medications and rest for several days. Lay is h...

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May 13, 2021

Lay is a 42-year-old cookie seller at a local school. She has one son and her husband passed away of lung cancer two years ago. The school Lay normally sells cookies at is closed during the COVID lockdown, so she is staying at home right now. She shared that she enjoys planting flowers and gardening.

Four years ago, Lay developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her tearing and irritation. 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 Lay learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her sister seeking treatment. Lay 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 13th.

Lay said, “I hope after surgery I feel comfortable and my eye looks better. Then I can look forward to selling sweets again when the school opens.”

Lay is a 42-year-old cookie seller at a local school. She has one son and her husband passed away of lung cancer two years ago. The school L...

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Lay's Timeline

  • May 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lay 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 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lay'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 Lay'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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