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Success! Thai from Cambodia raised $150 to treat a painful eye condition.

Thai
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$150
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$0
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Thai's treatment was fully funded on June 23, 2016.

Photo of Thai post-operation

July 13, 2016

Thai received vision-restoring surgery.

After four years of blurred vision and pain, Thai’s pterygiums in her eyes have been successfully removed in an excision surgery.

The non-cancerous growths kept her from being able to see clearly, and she was unable to get around easily on her own. The procedure went very well, and she is expected to make a full recovery.

Thai is very happy to have had the surgery, as her vision is now clear and she is no longer in pain. She can now easily move around and work by herself. “I feel happy that my mom is doing better,” said her son, who accompanied her to the clinic. “Thank you for helping her.”

After four years of blurred vision and pain, Thai’s pterygiums in her eyes have been successfully removed in an excision surgery. The no...

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June 1, 2016

Thai is a 58-year-old rice farmer living in Cambodia. She is married with four sons, three daughters, and five grandchildren. Thai enjoys visiting the pagoda to join in ceremonies.

About four years ago, Thai developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her blurred vision, irritation, and burning. She can’t see clearly, do work well, or go outside on her own. Because of her vision impairment, she has been unable to work well or leave her home independently.

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. The growth can cause discomfort and obstruct vision. There is a higher prevalence for pterygiums along the equator, where there is more sun exposure.

Thai needs a procedure to scrape and remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface, and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. For $150, Thai can have the procedure she needs. The total cost covers the procedure, supplies, and two days of inpatient care.

After her pterygium excision surgery, Thai’s burning and irritation will be relieved and her vision will improve. She will then be able to resume work to support her family, and also visit the pagoda on her own as desired.

Thai is a 58-year-old rice farmer living in Cambodia. She is married with four sons, three daughters, and five grandchildren. Thai enjoys vi...

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Thai's Timeline

  • June 1, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 1, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thai 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.

  • June 21, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 23, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thai's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 13, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 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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