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Suon is a mother of three from Cambodia who needs $216 to fund a pterygium removal procedure so that she can see clearly.

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March 3, 2021

Suon is a 55-year-old mother of three from Cambodia, and she has a son and two daughters. She and her husband are both rice farmers. When she has free time, she likes to watch Khmer movies and listen to the news on the radio.

One year ago, Suon developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her eye to produce excess tears and itch. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths that occur when the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye, is exposed to excessive sun damage and cells begin to grow abnormally over the pupil. Now, Suon stays at home because she does not feel comfortable leaving the house with her eye problem.

When Suon learned about our Medical Partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her daughter to seek treatment. On March 3rd, Suon will undergo surgery 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.

Suon shared with us, “I hope after surgery my eye will look better, I will be able to go back to the rice field without worrying about my eye.”

Suon is a 55-year-old mother of three from Cambodia, and she has a son and two daughters. She and her husband are both rice farmers. When sh...

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Suon's Timeline

  • March 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Suon was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Suon received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Suon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 5, 2021
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Suon is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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