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Success! Hor from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery so he can see and do more in life.

Hor
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
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Fully funded
Hor's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2022.

Photo of Hor post-operation

August 19, 2022

Hor underwent eye surgery so he can see and do more in life.

Hor knew his vision was deteriorating but didn’t know what to do about it until a neighbor suggested he go to Children’s Surgical Centre. Following his successful eye surgery, he was able to return home only two days later. Hor is amazed that his vision has improved so much and looks forward to taking walks with his wife outside and returning to one of his life’s greatest pleasures: visiting his children.

Hor’s wife said: “we are pleased that my husband’s eye will look better and he can see more clearly. He doesn’t complain about the redness or itchiness and he is more confident when he goes outside by himself. Thank you to the donors who paid for his surgery and to the CSC staff who took care of him. We are very grateful.”

Hor knew his vision was deteriorating but didn't know what to do about it until a neighbor suggested he go to Children's Surgical Centre. Fo...

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May 10, 2022

Hor is a retired rice farmer who lives with his wife. Hor’s three sons and five daughters - and numerous grandchildren - all support Hor and his wife through farming. His favorite pastimes are walking to the local pagoda with his wife, and listening to monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Hor developed non-cancerous growths in his left eye, which cause itchiness, tearing and blurry vision. These growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun, and cells grow abnormally over the pupil. Hor has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Hor learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours to seek treatment. Hor needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the surface of his eye, and to replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. The total cost of this procedure - which covers medications, supplies and two days of inpatient care - is $225. The surgery is scheduled for May 10th.

Hor says: “I hope after surgery my eyesight won’t be blurry and itchy. I want to see well and go outside with my wife to visit our children.”

Hor is a retired rice farmer who lives with his wife. Hor's three sons and five daughters - and numerous grandchildren - all support Hor and...

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Hor's Timeline

  • May 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hor 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 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hor's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 6, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hor's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hor's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Hor'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Gedion

Gedion is a happy and talkative 16-year-old from Kenya who is currently a student in standard eight. He is the thirdborn in a family of six. Since their mother left them a few years ago, he and his siblings live with their father in their rural home on a small piece of land. Gedion's father works as a casual laborer and burns charcoal for sale to provide for their family's basic needs, as well as to pay for the children's school fees. His family also plants maize and beans on their small piece of land to feed themselves. During holidays and on the weekends, Gedion and his siblings usually work on other people's farms to provide additional income. He shares that life for his family has been very difficult, but they have been working hard in order to fight poverty together. This past Saturday, Gedion was brought into our medical partner's care center, AIC Kapsowar Hospital, via an ambulance from a facility near his home after being involved in a road traffic accident. While Gedion was on his way home from a nearby shopping center, a tractor passed by. He hopped onto it in order to reach home faster since he was still far from home and it was already beginning to become dark. There were some people already on the tractor, so they continued with their journey together. While they were on their way, the tractor lost control and fell down. The people riding were all rushed to a nearby facility. While those with minor injuries were able to be treated at the local facility, three of the riders, including Gedion, had to be referred to our medical partner's care center. During the accident, he sustained a fracture of his right femur and is currently experiencing a lot of pain. He is also unable to use his leg. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 12th, Gedion will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which is called an open reduction and internal fixation. After treatment, he will be able to use his leg again, attend school, and help out at home. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Gedion shares, "This state has really pulled me down. I don’t know what to do. Kindly help me so that I may be able to pursue my dreams and change the state of my family.”

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55%funded
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$504to go