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

Simas
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Simas's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2021.

Photo of Simas post-operation

January 10, 2022

Simas underwent pterygium eye surgery so that she can see well.

Simas and her husband traveled over rough roads to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre for treatment of her eye. Simas’ surgery was successful and as she recovers, her vision will slowly improve, and her symptoms will disappear. This procedure will change her life, as she will be able to return to farming to help her family.

Simas said: “Thank you to each person who helped me to have this surgery. I am relieved my vision will be better, and my eye is comfortable. I can go outside again, and help my husband.”

Simas and her husband traveled over rough roads to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre for treatment of her eye. Simas' surgery w...

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November 11, 2021

Simas is a 40-year-old farmer. She is married with one son and one daughter. Her husband works as a farmer and her children are students. When she is not busy with her active children, she likes to watch the news or movies on television.

Five years ago, Simas developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and irritation. 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 Simas learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On November 11th, she 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 her procedure is $216, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Simas shared, “I hope after surgery my eye will be better, I won’t have irritation or tearing. I can help my husband plant crops and I won’t worry how my eye looks anymore.”

Simas is a 40-year-old farmer. She is married with one son and one daughter. Her husband works as a farmer and her children are students. W...

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Simas's Timeline

  • November 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Simas 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.

  • November 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Simas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Simas's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Simas'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 Simas'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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