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Success! Bunthen from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery so that she can see well.

Bunthen
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Bunthen's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2021.

Photo of Bunthen post-operation

December 27, 2021

Bunthen underwent pterygium eye surgery so that she can see clearly and regain confidence.

Bunthen was hesitant to have surgery, but her all was successful and she is grateful to the surgery team for their help. Bunthen’s vision improved immediately, although it may take several weeks before her eye heals completely. She will no longer have pain or be ashamed of how her eye looks and is hopeful she can go outside, do housework, and care for her grandchildren.

Her family is so happy she was able to receive treatment for her eye. They are thankful to the strangers who joined in to help and want Bunthen to have a better life.

Bunthen was hesitant to have surgery, but her all was successful and she is grateful to the surgery team for their help. Bunthen's vision im...

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October 21, 2021

Bunthen is a 66-year-old mother of three children. Sadly, Bunthen’s husband passed away five years ago. She lives with her oldest son, who works as a driver, and she has five grandchildren. At home, she enjoys listening to the news on the radio and taking care of her grandchildren.

Five years ago, Bunthen developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, burning, 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.

When Bunthen learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for an hour seeking treatment. On October 21st, she will undergo 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 $216, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Bunthen shared, “I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable so I can go outside under the sunshine, help my daughter-in-law do housework, and help take care of my grandchildren.”

Bunthen is a 66-year-old mother of three children. Sadly, Bunthen's husband passed away five years ago. She lives with her oldest son, who w...

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Bunthen's Timeline

  • October 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bunthen 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.

  • October 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bunthen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 20, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bunthen's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 27, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bunthen'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 $216 for Bunthen's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$129
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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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