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

Chanthou
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chanthou's treatment was fully funded on June 13, 2021.

Photo of Chanthou post-operation

April 8, 2021

Chanthou underwent an eye surgery so she can see well again.

Chanthou’s pterygium surgery was a success! Overall, her vision has improved, the irritation and itchiness have disappeared, and she feels more confident. Chanthou was required to rest for a few days and applied eye drops several times a day to prevent infection. She looks forward to returning to work as a grocery seller.

Chanthou’s husband shared, “I am so happy she can see better, she is more independent, and that she feels better.”

Chanthou's pterygium surgery was a success! Overall, her vision has improved, the irritation and itchiness have disappeared, and she feels m...

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March 9, 2021

Chanthou is a 65-year-old saleswoman with two daughters, three sons, and two grandchildren. Chanthou lives with her husband who is a laborer in the city. She sells groceries at home and also takes care of her grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys listening to the monks preach on the radio.

Five years ago, Chanthou developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her to experience itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. 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. As a result, Chanthou has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Chanthou learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for one hour with her husband seeking treatment. Chanthou 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 and will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 9th.

Chanthou shared with us, “I hope after surgery my eye can get better so I can continue my work selling groceries and easily get to the pagoda by myself.”

Chanthou is a 65-year-old saleswoman with two daughters, three sons, and two grandchildren. Chanthou lives with her husband who is a laborer...

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Chanthou's Timeline

  • March 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chanthou 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.

  • March 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chanthou's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chanthou's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chanthou's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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