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Success! Nhor from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery to improve her vision and allow her to travel outside without difficulty.

Nhor
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Nhor's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Nhor post-operation

January 9, 2023

Nhor underwent eye surgery to improve her vision and allow her to care for her family.

It was difficult for Nhor to leave her family to visit Children’s Surgical Centre, but it was important for her to have eye surgery so she could see well enough to take care of her family and chores around her home. She had successful eye surgery and was able to return home two days later to recover. Surgery was important to ensure Nhor’s eye condition did not worsen. Going forward, her life will be better because her vision will be improved and she won’t be self-conscious about how her eye looks. She looks forward to caring for her family and cooking for her grandchildren.

Nhor said: “After surgery, I will no longer be ashamed of my eye. I am so happy I was able to have my eye fixed, now the irritation is gone, and I will be able to see better to cook and clean for my family. Thank you.”

It was difficult for Nhor to leave her family to visit Children's Surgical Centre, but it was important for her to have eye surgery so she c...

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August 2, 2022

Nhor is a 70-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband, who is also a farmer, have two daughters and nine beautiful grandchildren. During her free time, Nhor enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Nhor developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her to experience eye tearing, burning, and itchiness. 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 traveling outside.

When Nhor learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Nhor 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 $225. This covers supplies, treatment, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 2nd.

Nhor says, “I hope after surgery my eye can see better so I can go out and recognize things well.”

Nhor is a 70-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband, who is also a farmer, have two daughters and nine beautiful grandchild...

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Nhor's Timeline

  • August 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nhor 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.

  • August 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nhor's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nhor's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nhor'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 $225 for Nhor's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$146
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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