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Success! Un from Cambodia raised $201 to fund eye surgery.

Un
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$201
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$0
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Fully funded
Un's treatment was fully funded on October 21, 2020.

Photo of Un post-operation

December 23, 2019

Un underwent eye surgery.

Un has returned home after a successful operation. He was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operative swelling has started to go down, and his vision has improved. Thanks to surgery, he will be able to work and go about his daily life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation.

“I am so happy that my surgery was successful and I can continue my work as a security guard, and I am able to go anywhere that I want to on my own,” Un shared.

Un has returned home after a successful operation. He was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operati...

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December 1, 2019

Un is a 56-year-old security guard from Cambodia. He has four children, three grandchildren, and enjoys watching the news on television.

Five years ago, Un developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him irritation, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Un learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Un 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 his procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

“I hope that I will be able to see clearly and that I will be able to continue working,” shared Un.

Un is a 56-year-old security guard from Cambodia. He has four children, three grandchildren, and enjoys watching the news on television. ...

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Un's Timeline

  • December 1, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Un was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 2, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Un 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.

  • December 2, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Un's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Un's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Un's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

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Funded by 3 donors

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Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Un's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$115
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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