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Success! Chou from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery so she can see clearly and return to work.

Chou
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$225
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$0
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Fully funded
Chou's treatment was fully funded on July 27, 2022.

Photo of Chou post-operation

August 17, 2022

Chou underwent eye surgery so she can now see clearly and return to work.

Chou had successful eye surgery and was able to return home to her family.

Chou said: “I am so happy I was able to have my eye fixed, now the irritation is gone, and I will be able to see better to cook and sell my Khmer pastries. Thank you to everyone who paid for my surgery and the wonderful staff at Children’s Surgical Centre.”

Chou had successful eye surgery and was able to return home to her family. Chou said: "I am so happy I was able to have my eye fixed, now...

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July 12, 2022

Chou is a 55-year-old dessert seller from Cambodia. She is married and has one daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren. She currently lives with her husband and enjoys watching movies during her free time.

Seven years ago, Chou developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her to experience 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Chou learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. Chou 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 $225. This covers treatment, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for July 12th.

Chou says, “I hope my eye feels comfortable again and the irritation stops so I can return to selling desserts without worry.”

Chou is a 55-year-old dessert seller from Cambodia. She is married and has one daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren. She currently live...

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Chou's Timeline

  • July 12, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chou 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.

  • July 13, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chou's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chou's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chou's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Chou's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$146
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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