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Success! Srey from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery.

Srey
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Srey's treatment was fully funded on February 3, 2021.

Photo of Srey post-operation

January 23, 2021

Srey underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Srey’s procedure was successful. She is feeling well and already seeing more clearly. She has been returned home from the hospital and will come back in two weeks for an eye exam. Once she has fully recovered, she will no longer experience irritation, tearing, or sensitivity to light. Srey will have a better quality of life ahead and greater independence for all that she likes to do.

Srey said: “I am excited to have an easy time with no worries about my eye. I think I will enjoy my work much more without this problem.”

Srey's procedure was successful. She is feeling well and already seeing more clearly. She has been returned home from the hospital and will ...

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September 22, 2020

Srey is a 50-year-old farmer from Cambodia with three sons, one daughter, and one grandchild. Her husband passed away two years ago from heart disease. She shared with us that she enjoys watching Khmer dramas on TV.

Five years ago, Srey developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation, burning, tearing, redness, and discomfort with her appearance. 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 Srey learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. Srey 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 September 22nd.

Srey said, “I hope the doctors can remove the pterygium so I can feel good and plant rice well again to support our needs.”

Srey is a 50-year-old farmer from Cambodia with three sons, one daughter, and one grandchild. Her husband passed away two years ago from hea...

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Srey's Timeline

  • September 22, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 22, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Srey 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.

  • September 23, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 3, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srey's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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