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Success! San from Cambodia raised $150 for surgery to restore her vision.

San
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  • $150 raised, $0 to go
$150
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
San's treatment was fully funded on January 11, 2016.

Photo of San post-operation

February 5, 2016

San received successful surgery to restore her vision.

“San can see everything clearer than before. She is in less pain now,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

“I feel very happy that the cyst has been removed from my eye successfully,” San told her doctor. “Now I can easily continue my work at the farm field and go anywhere outside feeling well. I’m not worried about it effecting my vision anymore.”

"San can see everything clearer than before. She is in less pain now," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). "I f...

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December 24, 2015

Meet San, a 53-year-old woman from Cambodia. “San is married with two sons, one daughter, and four grandchildren. She is a crop farmer. In her free time she enjoys watching social news on TV and doing housework,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Three years ago, San developed a pterygium in her right eye. A pterygium occurs when growth starts on the clear tissue of the eye and spreads to the cornea. “This causes her to have blurred vision and experience tearing, irritation, and burning,” CSC explains.

After learning about CSC, San and her husband son traveled three hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore San’s sight.

With $150, San will undergo an excision surgery, and her cyst will be removed. “The burning, pain, and irritation will be released. Her right eye will look much better after the operation,” CSC explains.

San’s husband son shares, “I hope my wife she can have her cyst removed and not worry about her vision anymore.”

Meet San, a 53-year-old woman from Cambodia. “San is married with two sons, one daughter, and four grandchildren. She is a crop farmer. In h...

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San's Timeline

  • December 24, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 24, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    San 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.

  • January 7, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    San's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    San's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 5, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    San's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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