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Success! Sarith from Cambodia raised $150 to treat a painful cyst on his eye.

Sarith
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Sarith's treatment was fully funded on January 14, 2016.

Photo of Sarith post-operation

February 5, 2016

Sarith recieved vision-restoring treatment for the cyst on his eye.

“Sarith’s pterygium was successfully removed. He has been instructed to apply ointment daily to protect himself from infection. He can easily see clearly now and feels more comfortable than before,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre.

“I feel so happy that the cyst has been removed from my eye successfully,” Sarith shares. He adds that he looks forward to working at the farm field again and finding a job in construction to better support his family.

Sarith’s wife shares her joy, and expresses gratitude to the medical staff at CSC for assisting in her husband’s surgery.

"Sarith's pterygium was successfully removed. He has been instructed to apply ointment daily to protect himself from infection. He can easil...

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December 28, 2015

In his free time, 45-year-old Sarith enjoys playing basketball and watching boxing on TV. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us that the husband and father of two lives in Cambodia, where he works as a rice farmer.

Two years ago, pink, fleshy tissue developed over Sarith’s eye. Without treatment, Sarith’s condition progressed, eventually forming a small cyst called a pterygium. CSC explains, “This causes him blurred vision, irritation, tearing, and redness.”

Although he wants to work as a construction worker to better support his family, Sarith’s diminished vision detracts from his ability to do this. “It is hard to see something clear and I don’t feel comfortable when I do something or go anywhere outside,” Sarith says.

For $150, Sarith can receive a short procedure to completely remove the cyst from his eye. “After a pterygium excision surgery, Sarith’s burning, irritation, and tearing will be relieved. His eye will look much better,” CSC states.

In his free time, 45-year-old Sarith enjoys playing basketball and watching boxing on TV. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (C...

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Sarith's Timeline

  • December 28, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 28, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sarith 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 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sarith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 14, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sarith's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 5, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sarith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 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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$1,500raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Paw

Paw is a 24-year-old woman from Thailand. Originally from Burma, Paw, her husband, their three daughters and her parents fled in March 2021 after the Burmese military shot rockets into their village. In Thailand, as refugees, they cannot work, and have temporarily moved in with Paw's brother and his family. They receive rice from her brother's neighbors, while her brother's family provides them with vegetables and curries. In July 2021, Paw's parents and her two older daughters went back to their village when they felt it was safe to do so. Meanwhile, her husband and her three-month-old baby have stayed with her while she receives treatment in Chiang Mai. Two years ago, Paw noticed a mass on the right side of her neck. Her neighbor suggested she apply a natural remedy, but unfortunately, the mass remained and grew over time. In September 2019, she visited a local hospital in Thailand with her husband, but the surgery recommended was too expensive. She experiences pain near the site of the mass, and the mass is still growing. Paw sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). She is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 16th, and now she needs to raise $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw shared, “I felt embarrassed and very upset when I first noticed that I had this problem. I will feel a lot better after my surgery because I have needed to receive it since I first went to see the doctor in 2019. In the future I want to look after my children and send them to school.”

100% funded

100%funded
$1,500raised
$0to go