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Success! Sameth from Cambodia raised $225 to fund surgery to restore her vision.

Sameth
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sameth's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2023.
October 14, 2022

Sameth is a 55-year-old proud grandmother from Cambodia. She is married with two daughters, three sons, and six beautiful grandchildren. Sameth lives with her husband, who is a construction worker. When not helping her children care for the grandchildren, she likes to listen to the news on the radio.

Two years ago, Sameth developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her redness, 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, Sameth has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside.

When Sameth learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 14th, she will undergo surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. CSC is requesting $225 for the total cost of this surgery, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Sameth said, “After surgery, I hope I will see better and not worry about it anymore. I hope to do housework and not be ashamed of how my eye looks.”

Sameth is a 55-year-old proud grandmother from Cambodia. She is married with two daughters, three sons, and six beautiful grandchildren. Sam...

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Sameth's Timeline

  • October 14, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 14, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Sameth was scheduled to receive 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.

  • October 16, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sameth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 28, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sameth's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Sameth's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Sameth'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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