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Success! Rin from Cambodia raised $216 to fund surgery and help him see his grandchildren again.

Rin
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Rin's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2021.

Photo of Rin post-operation

January 13, 2022

Rin underwent surgery and help him see and is looking forward to seeing his grandchildren clearly again.

Rin was resigned to having poor vision for the rest of his life and was surprised that he really would see better after his surgery. His itchiness and burning have disappeared, and he no longer feels like he has something gritty in his eye. Rin is excited to be more independent and return to the community pagoda to pray with the monks, which he enjoys doing.

Rin’s wife said: “Thank you. I am relieved that Rin no longer has a red, irritated eye. He feels better and isn’t ashamed of how his eye looks anymore.”

Rin was resigned to having poor vision for the rest of his life and was surprised that he really would see better after his surgery. His itc...

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November 29, 2021

Rin is an elderly farmer from Cambodia. He is married; he and his wife have one son, seven daughters, and many grandchildren. They live with their oldest daughter, who is also a farmer. During the day, Rin likes to go to the local pagoda to visit with the monks.

Five years ago, Rin developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and a burning feeling in his eye. 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 Rin learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Rin needs 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 his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for November 29th.

“After surgery, I hope I can see clearly and my eye will be better looking,” says Rin. “I can see my children and my grandchildren’s faces clearly and I can go to the pagoda by myself after surgery.”

Rin is an elderly farmer from Cambodia. He is married; he and his wife have one son, seven daughters, and many grandchildren. They live with...

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Rin's Timeline

  • November 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rin 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.

  • November 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rin's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Rin'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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