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Seng Ngorn is a mother from Cambodia who needs $216 to fund sight-restoring surgery.

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August 25, 2021

Seng Ngorn is a 47-year-old woman. She and her husband have one son and two daughters. Her children are in elementary and high school, and Seng Ngorn stays home to care for them while her husband works as a mechanic. Occasionally, she will join him in his motorcycle repair shop to help out too. In her free time, she loves to watch and listen to Thai drama shows on TV.

Five years ago, Seng Ngorn developed a pterygium in her left eye. A pterygium is a non-cancerous growth of the conjunctiva, the mucous layer that lubricates the eye. As a result, Seng Ngorn experiences irritation, itchiness, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside.

When Seng Ngorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled there seeking treatment. On August 25th, surgeons will remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the surface of her eye and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $216 to fund the total cost of this procedure, including medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Seng Ngorn shared, “After my surgery, I will enjoy working without any pain or discomfort, and I can join my husband more to work in his shop so we can earn extra money.”

Seng Ngorn is a 47-year-old woman. She and her husband have one son and two daughters. Her children are in elementary and high school, and S...

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Seng Ngorn's Timeline

  • August 25, 2021

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

  • August 25, 2021

    Seng Ngorn 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.

  • August 26, 2021

    Seng Ngorn's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Seng Ngorn is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Seng Ngorn's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Seng Ngorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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