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

Chan
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$216
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Chan's treatment was fully funded on August 8, 2021.

Photo of Chan post-operation

August 13, 2021

Chan underwent eye surgery.

Chan was nervous to have surgery for his eye, but was embarrassed about how his eye looked to others, and often struggled to see. He overcame his fear and after a successful surgery, he is very happy with the results. He will rest for a few days during recovery, and take extra caution to decrease the risk of infection. After his eye heals, he is excited to be able to return to work, and will proudly see clearly through his eyes.

Chan said: “Thank you for my surgery to fix my eye. I will be able to return to work and support my family again.”

Chan was nervous to have surgery for his eye, but was embarrassed about how his eye looked to others, and often struggled to see. He overca...

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July 21, 2021

Chan is a 37-year-old garbage collector who enjoys listening to music. He has one daughter and one son.

One year ago, Chan developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation, tearing, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths that occur due to exposure to excessive sun damage, causing cells to grow abnormally over the pupil. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Chan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for there hoping for treatment. Chan needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal growth and replace it with a graft to prevent recurrence. The procedure is scheduled for July 21st. CSC is requesting $216 to pay for Chan’s procedure, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Chan shares, “I hope after surgery my eye irritation stops and my vision improves so my life is easier.”

Chan is a 37-year-old garbage collector who enjoys listening to music. He has one daughter and one son. One year ago, Chan developed a p...

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Chan's Timeline

  • July 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chan 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.

  • July 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chan's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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