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Success! Morm from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery so that he can see well.

Morm
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Morm's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Morm post-operation

December 27, 2021

Morm underwent pterygium eye surgery so that he can see well.

Morm had successful surgery and will rest for several days as his eye heals. Surgery was important to ensure Morm does not have a worsening of his condition. He feels happy that he can return to his work and family in his village. His vision will slowly improve, and his eye will no longer be itchy. He can return to working in the fields and drive his motorbike places he needs to go.

Morm’s wife said: “Morm is already much happier now that his eye will look better and he won’t have problems. We are grateful to everyone who helped to pay for his operation so he can support our family and we can send our child to school.”

Morm had successful surgery and will rest for several days as his eye heals. Surgery was important to ensure Morm does not have a worsening ...

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December 6, 2021

Morm is a 34-year-old rice farmer. He is married and has one son who is a student in fifth grade. His wife works as a garment worker. When he is not working in the fields, he enjoys playing volleyball and singing songs with his son.

Three years ago, Morm developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. 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. He worries about his condition and fears that he may lose his vision in the future.

When Morm learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 6th, he will undergo 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 $216, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Morm shared, “I hope after surgery my eye stops tearing and burning. I want to be happy and go to the farm fields to feed my family and save money to send my son to school.”

Morm is a 34-year-old rice farmer. He is married and has one son who is a student in fifth grade. His wife works as a garment worker. When h...

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Morm's Timeline

  • December 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Morm 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 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Morm's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Morm's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 27, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Morm's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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

Ferdinand is a father of two from the Philippines. He has one son and one daughter. Both he and his wife both work as public school teachers. Their income is still insufficient for their needs, however and, in addition to supporting their children, part of their salary goes to their medication for diabetes and hypertension. In September, Ferdinand began to experience several troubling symptoms, including severe abdominal pain. He was rushed to an emergency room to be treated. The ultrasound test showed that he has gallstones. Ferdinand has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy which is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, his symptoms will continue to worsen and will put him at risk of further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Ferdinand is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 3rd. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Ferdinand's surgery and care. "Because of my condition, I'm in constant pain which hinders me from doing my usual activities. I've tried to reach out for help to our local government but was unsuccessful," Ferdinand shared. "I am glad there are foundations like Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines that exist. I'm forever grateful for the help that you've given me," he added.

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$459raised
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