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Success! Sok Ny from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery to see well again.

Sok Ny
  • $225 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sok Ny's treatment was fully funded on February 28, 2023.

Photo of Sok Ny post-operation

March 9, 2023

Sok Ny underwent eye surgery to see well again.

Sok Ny was nervous to have surgery for his eye but he could not see well enough to manage his farm and was ashamed of how his eye looked. He had a successful surgery to remove the growth and is happy with the results. He rested for several days at home, kept his eye covered, and applied eye drops frequently to aid in healing. After his eye has healed, he can grow vegetables to feed his family and sell them again at the local market.

Sok Ny’s wife said: “We are pleased that my husband’s eye will look better and he can see when he is outside. He doesn’t complain about the redness or itchiness and can grow vegetables to feed our family. Thank you to the donors and to the CSC staff who took care of him.”

Sok Ny was nervous to have surgery for his eye but he could not see well enough to manage his farm and was ashamed of how his eye looked. He...

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October 10, 2022

Sok Ny is a 52-year-old vegetable farmer. He and his wife have three sons and two precious grandchildren. He lives with his wife and two of his sons who are still students in public school. When Sok Ny isn’t working, he enjoys watching boxing and the news on TV.

One year ago, Sok Ny developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. Sok Ny has found it increasingly difficult to drive his motorcycle due to declining vision; this interferes with his ability to raise and sell his crops.

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 Ny learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Sok Ny needs surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for October 10th.

Sok Ny says, “I hope after surgery I will see better, support my family, and can drive my motorcycle again.”

Sok Ny is a 52-year-old vegetable farmer. He and his wife have three sons and two precious grandchildren. He lives with his wife and two of ...

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Sok Ny's Timeline

  • October 10, 2022

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

  • October 10, 2022

    Sok Ny 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.

  • October 10, 2022

    Sok Ny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 28, 2023

    Sok Ny's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2023

    Sok Ny's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Sok Ny's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Ashin Mala

Ashin Mala is a 30-year-old monk who lives in a monastery in Karen State, Burma. He became a monk a year ago. As a monk, Ashin usually doesn’t have the right to save money and keep cash. But sometimes, worshippers donate some money, and he keeps it to use just in case. The monastery usually provides him two meals a day donated by the Buddhist followers. In October, one day, he visited a house of a member of ethnic armed group in the village. A kid was playing with a pistol and accidentally shot the gun in the wall. Unfortunately, the bullet ricocheted and hit his left eye. The villagers sent Ashin Mala to Myawaddy General Hospital immediately. At the hospital, an X-ray was done and showed that a piece of the bullet had entered below his right eyeball. The doctors stitched the gunshot wound and gave some medications. There was no ophthalmologist at hospital. Ashin visited the hospital regularly and got wound dressing as well as medication to relieve pain. But the pain didn’t go away. He has lost sight in his left eye. Pain and itchiness, and sometimes a burning sensation, is present in the right eye and surrounding area. Hot tears are coming out from both eyes during blinking occasionally whenever he reads book for a long time. Due to the lack of ophthalmologist, he was provided only with medications and eyedrops. Now doctors want Ashin Mala to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Ashin Mala's CT scan and care, scheduled for December 9th. Ashin Mala said, "I don’t want to blame anyone. It is my destiny. I am not sure my condition can be treated or not. But I am so happy to be treated here because I think I can have better health care here than in Burma. I don’t expect complete recovery, but it will be great if I can see with both eyes. In the future, I want to learn more about Dhamma and hope to attend Buddha University in the future."

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