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Success! Samay from Cambodia raised $216 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

Samay
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$216
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Samay's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Samay post-operation

September 16, 2020

Samay underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Samay’s surgery went well. She will be prescribed eye drop medication to use for one week after her surgery and can resume her activities as normal, including starting again to make cakes to sell at the market.

Samay said, “I feel happy that my eye irritation has finally stopped and I can start my work again and go anywhere easily.”

Samay’s husband added, “Thank you to the doctors and medical team for helping my wife have this operation. We don’t have to worry about her eye problem anymore.”

Samay's surgery went well. She will be prescribed eye drop medication to use for one week after her surgery and can resume her activities as...

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July 6, 2020

Samay is a 54-year-old cake seller from Cambodia. She and her husband have four children and two grandchildren. Her husband is a farmer. She works in her home making cakes, and when she has free time, she helps to take care of her grandchildren and listens to news on the radio.

Six years ago, Samay developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her pain, irritation, tearing, and blurry vision. In the last seven months these symptoms have worsened. 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Samay learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours by taxi seeking treatment. Samay 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 $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for July 6th.

Samay shared, “I hope this pain and tearing in my eye can stop quickly, so I can feel better and be happy. I will make my cakes well so I can earn money.”

Samay is a 54-year-old cake seller from Cambodia. She and her husband have four children and two grandchildren. Her husband is a farmer. She...

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Samay's Timeline

  • July 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samay 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.

  • July 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 01, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samay's treatment was fully funded.

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