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

Samon
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$150
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Samon's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2015.

Photo of Samon post-operation

January 21, 2016

Samon received vision-restoring pterygium removal surgery.

“Samon’s pterygium was successfully removed. She has been instructed to apply ointment daily to protect herself from infection,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre.

“I feel happy and so comfortable seeing things so much better than before,” Samon shares.

Her sister, who accompanied her to the clinic, adds: “I am very thankful to the doctor and all staff at CSC that helped with surgery.”

"Samon's pterygium was successfully removed. She has been instructed to apply ointment daily to protect herself from infection," reports our...

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December 7, 2015

“I hope my eye can see clearly, so that I can go anywhere outside with good feelings,” Samon says about her hopes for after treatment.

Several months ago, 55-year-old Samon’s vision began to cloud due to the pterygium growing on her eye. Now, she has a hard time seeing which has made it difficult for her to go about her normal tasks.

Samon visited Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment in her native Cambodia. Not only is her vision impaired, they add that the pterygium “causes her tearing, redness, itchiness, and irritation. It is hard for her to see clearly or go anywhere outside because she is afraid of the bright sunshine.” This means she has difficulty caring for her six children and 11 grandchildren, and doing one of her favorite hobbies, “watching comedy programs on TV.”

For $150, Samon will have the pterygium surgically removed from her eye. This operation will restore her vision and prevent any further discomfort from light sensitivity and itching.

Samon’s sister says, “I hope my sister can see everything normally again so I don’t worry about her eye problem anymore.”

"I hope my eye can see clearly, so that I can go anywhere outside with good feelings," Samon says about her hopes for after treatment. Se...

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Samon's Timeline

  • December 7, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 7, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samon 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.

  • December 25, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 25, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samon's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 21, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samon'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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