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Success! Horn from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery for removing abnormal tissue from her left eye.

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Horn's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Horn post-operation

December 17, 2022

Horn underwent eye surgery.

Horn had successful surgery to remove the growth in her eye. She rested for several days at home, kept her eye dry, and wore an eye patch for several days. CSC staff also provided her with prescription eye drops to make sure her eye heals properly. Her eye will heal quickly but will be sensitive for a short time. As she peeked through the eye patch, her vision has already improved. The pandemic has been hard on her family; her husband had trouble finding a job, and they had to rely on their children to support them. She looks forward to a good year in her province and helping to care for her grandchildren.

Horn said: “I am so grateful to the CSC staff and the donors that supported me to have this operation. I can be more useful to my family without worrying about burning and itching in my eye and can see better. I am happier and want to thank everyone who made this possible, especially the donors who paid for my surgery so that I can have a good life.”

Horn had successful surgery to remove the growth in her eye. She rested for several days at home, kept her eye dry, and wore an eye patch fo...

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October 17, 2022

Horn is a 54-year-old loving grandmother. She is married with two sons, three daughters, and 11 grandchildren. She lives with her husband who is a construction worker in Kratie province - a far eastern province along the banks of the Mekong River. When not caring or cooking for her family, she enjoys watching the news and movies on TV.

Two years ago, Horn developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her tearing, itching, and blurry vision. Doing laundry, cleaning, or cooking has become difficult for her. 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.

When Horn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for seven and a half hours seeking treatment. Horn 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 her procedure is $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for October 17th.

Horn shared: “I hope after surgery my eye will feel comfortable and stop irritation so I can do housework well.”

Horn is a 54-year-old loving grandmother. She is married with two sons, three daughters, and 11 grandchildren. She lives with her husband wh...

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Horn's Timeline

  • October 17, 2022

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

  • October 17, 2022

    Horn 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.

  • October 19, 2022

    Horn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022

    Horn's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 17, 2022

    Horn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Horn's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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