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Success! Pha from Cambodia raised $216 to fund eye surgery.

Pha
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$216
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Pha's treatment was fully funded on July 19, 2022.

Photo of Pha post-operation

August 31, 2022

Pha underwent life-changing eye surgery.

Pha’s surgery was successful and she’s excited to be able to see clearly again. When she peeked through the eye patch, her vision had already improved. Her husband is happy she can be more independent now that she can see better and her eye looks better. She plans to help her husband with the rice, and visit her children and grandchildren more.

Pha said: “I am happy I will no longer have an itchy burning eye. I feel better about how it looks, and I won’t be afraid for people to look at my eye. Thank you to the doctors and nurses who were so kind to me at the hospital. I will tell my friends about the hospital so that they can have their eyes fixed too.”

Pha's surgery was successful and she's excited to be able to see clearly again. When she peeked through the eye patch, her vision had alread...

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March 11, 2022

Pha is a 63-year-old retired rice farmer. She has three sons, four daughters, and nine grandchildren. Pha lives with her husband and she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Three years ago, Pha developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation and tearing. 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 Pha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Pha needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for March 11th.

Pha says, “I hope the irritation stops so I can go outside and care for myself and my grandchildren.”

Pha is a 63-year-old retired rice farmer. She has three sons, four daughters, and nine grandchildren. Pha lives with her husband and she enj...

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Pha's Timeline

  • March 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pha 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.

  • March 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 19, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pha's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 31, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pha'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 Pha'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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