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

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Tina's treatment was fully funded on July 23, 2021.

Photo of Tina post-operation

June 21, 2021

Tina underwent pterygium eye surgery and can work outside again.

Tina had a successful surgery. The growth in his eye was removed and his symptoms have been eliminated. After a post-operative period of rest and the use of eye drops to aid in healing, he can now go outside again to work on his mango farm. Tina is hoping to sell his mangoes once he can travel again.

“I am so thankful that I was able to receive this treatment. Being a farmer, it is hard to stay out of the sun. This treatment will allow me to work outside again. Thank you to those who helped me get this operation,” shares Tina.

Tina had a successful surgery. The growth in his eye was removed and his symptoms have been eliminated. After a post-operative period of re...

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May 4, 2021

Tina is a 39-year-old mango farmer. He’s proudly married with three sons who are all in school. Since Phnom Penh has been on a COVID lockdown for a month, he has been unable to travel to sell his mangos, so he is currently staying at home with his family.

Two years ago, Tina developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him itchiness 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Tina learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there seeking treatment. Tina needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The procedure is scheduled for May 4th, and the total cost of his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Tina shared, “I hope after surgery my eye’s irritation stops and when I return to work I am feeling well.”

Tina is a 39-year-old mango farmer. He's proudly married with three sons who are all in school. Since Phnom Penh has been on a COVID lockdow...

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Tina's Timeline

  • May 4, 2021

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

  • May 4, 2021

    Tina 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.

  • May 5, 2021

    Tina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 21, 2021

    Tina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 23, 2021

    Tina's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Tina's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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