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Success! Samean from Cambodia raised $201 to fund eye surgery.

Samean
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$201
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Samean's treatment was fully funded on October 21, 2020.

Photo of Samean post-operation

December 4, 2019

Samean underwent eye surgery.

Samean has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operative swelling has started to go down, and her vision has improved. Thanks to surgery, she will be able to work and go about daily life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation.

Samean said, “I am so happy that my surgery was successful and that now I can feel much better and more comfortable than before. I am able to continue working and I can go anywhere I want to on my own again.”

Samean has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-op...

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December 2, 2019

Samean is a 47-year-old rubber tree farmer from Cambodia. She has six children, two grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in her free time.

Three years ago, Samean developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Samean learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for five and a half hours seeking treatment. Samean 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 $201 to cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

“I hope that surgery will relieve the symptoms in my eye so I can return to my work on the farm,” shared Samean.

Samean is a 47-year-old rubber tree farmer from Cambodia. She has six children, two grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on telev...

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Samean's Timeline

  • December 2, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Samean was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 2, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samean 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 2, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samean's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 4, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samean's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samean's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Samean's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$115
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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Kyarituha is a tailor from Uganda. Kyarituha attended school until reaching secondary school class three, but did not finish her education due to financial constraints at home. After leaving, she enrolled at a tailoring practice. Two years ago, Kyarituha stopped working as a tailor and became a homemaker when business stopped being profitable. Kyarituha's husband is a small scale farmer. Together with their 3 children, the family lives in a three-roomed house. Their two older children are in primary school, which requires school fees that the parents find difficult to supply. During her free time, Kyarituha still enjoys being able to repair clothes for her family and friends. Kyarituha is currently expecting her fourth child. She received full antenatal care at our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital. When she came to the hospital on July 19th with minor pain, she was reviewed and a caesarean section was recommended by her doctors due to a previous c-section and unfavorable fetus position. The procedure could save her from uterine rupture which puts her and her baby at risk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is helping Kyarituha undergo a C-Section on July 20th. AMH is requesting support for this $207 procedure that will ensure the safety of both the mother and child. Kyarituha shares her future plans, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will resume tailoring as soon as I gather enough business capital but meanwhile, I plan to start farming to assist my husband in taking care of our family.”

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