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Sok is a loving mother and grandparent from Cambodia who needs $225 to fund surgery to restore her vision.

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June 10, 2022

Sok is a 70-year-old retired rice farmer. She and her husband have one son, four daughters, and many grandchildren. After retiring from farming, they moved in with their oldest daughter. When she’s not helping her daughter with the house, Sok likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

One year ago, Sok developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her tearing and irritation. She shared that it feels like she always has sand in her eye. 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 Sok learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On June 10th, Sok will undergo surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $225 to fund the total cost of her procedure, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Sok says, “After surgery, I hope my eye will feel comfortable so I can go outside and take care of my husband and help my daughter to take care of her children.”

Sok is a 70-year-old retired rice farmer. She and her husband have one son, four daughters, and many grandchildren. After retiring from farm...

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Sok's Timeline

  • June 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 10, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Sok was scheduled to receive 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.

  • June 16, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sok is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
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    Awaiting Sok's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

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Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Sok's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$146
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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