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Success! Nob from Cambodia raised $148 to treat a painful eye growth.

Nob
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  • $148 raised, $0 to go
$148
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Nob's treatment was fully funded on October 15, 2016.

Photo of Nob post-operation

February 13, 2017

Nob underwent successful eye surgery.

Nob’s eye pterygium was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection.

Nob says, “I am very happy that I look better and can see comfortably again so that I can do any work easily and go anywhere outside.”

Nob's eye pterygium was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given e...

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August 16, 2016

“Nob is a 65-year-old woman married with two sons, three daughters, and 16 grandchildren,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “She enjoys reading the Qur’an and doing house work.”

Ten years ago, Nob developed a pterygium, or non-cancerous growth in each eye. These growths are often caused by exposure to sunlight and are more common in tropical areas. Nob’s pterygiums cause her blurred vision, itchiness, irritation, tearing, and make her unhappy about her appearance.

Nob traveled four hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. There, doctors will performs a simple surgery for $148 to remove the growths from her conjunctiva and graft new tissue over her cornea to prevent recurrance.

“After a pterygium excision surgery in each eye Nob will be able to see clearly again and her pain and irritation will stop,” CSC explains.

"Nob is a 65-year-old woman married with two sons, three daughters, and 16 grandchildren," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical C...

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Nob's Timeline

  • August 16, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nob was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 16, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nob 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.

  • September 9, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nob's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 15, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nob's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 13, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nob's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $148 for Nob's treatment
Hospital Fees
$97
Medical Staff
$50
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • 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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