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Success! Eng from Cambodia raised $148 to fund eye surgery.

Eng
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  • $148 raised, $0 to go
$148
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Eng's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Eng post-operation

April 11, 2017

Eng underwent eye surgery.

Eng’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 irritation as well as eye ointment to prevent infection.

Eng says, “I look good and feel comfortable again. I want to continue my work and easily work at home.”

Eng'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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March 22, 2017

Eng is a 52-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She is married with three sons and five grandchildren. She likes to chat with her neighbors and listen to the news on the radio.

About 20 years ago, Eng developed a pterygium (a fleshy growth) in each eye, causing her vision to become cloudy and blurred. It is difficult for her to do her work on the farm or go anywhere on her own. She is worried about going blind someday.

Eng traveled three hours with her younger sister to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). CSC is requesting $148 to cover the cost of her operation, scheduled for March 22. Eye surgeons will remove the pterygium from each eye, allowing Eng to see clearly again.

Eng is a 52-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She is married with three sons and five grandchildren. She likes to chat with her neighbors and l...

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Eng's Timeline

  • March 22, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Eng was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • March 22, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Eng 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 24, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Eng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Eng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $148 for Eng'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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