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

Somphors
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$216
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$0
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Fully funded
Somphors's treatment was fully funded on December 15, 2021.

Photo of Somphors post-operation

December 22, 2021

Somphors underwent pterygium eye surgery so she can see well again.

Somphors underwent successful surgery to remove the growth from her eye. This condition was a source of discomfort and it prevented her from seeing well or going outside to work. Somphors is thrilled that the itchiness and tearing will finally disappear, and that her vision will slowly improve so she can lead her normal life again.

Somphors said:”I am relieved my eye will look better, and I can work again. Thank you to the CSC staff, and to everyone who helped pay for my surgery so I can see my grandchildren grow up.”

Somphors underwent successful surgery to remove the growth from her eye. This condition was a source of discomfort and it prevented her from...

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October 26, 2021

Somphors is a 51-year-old traditional Khmer noodle seller from Cambodia. She’s married and has two sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren. Somphors lives with her husband who is a construction worker. She sells Khmer noodles in the morning and in the afternoon she works as a laborer with her husband. Somphors likes to listen to the news and music on the radio.

Three years ago, Somphors developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her itching, irritation, and burning. 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 Somphors learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Somphors 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 her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for October 26th.

Somphors said, “I hope after surgery my eye gets better. I want to focus on my noodle selling and not worry about my eye anymore.”

Somphors is a 51-year-old traditional Khmer noodle seller from Cambodia. She's married and has two sons, two daughters, and two grandchildre...

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Somphors's Timeline

  • October 26, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Somphors 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

    Somphors's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Somphors's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Somphors's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Somphors'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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$167raised
$553to go

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