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Success! Chhoem from Cambodia raised $216 to fund eye surgery to heal her pterygium.

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Chhoem's treatment was fully funded on April 25, 2022.

Photo of Chhoem post-operation

May 9, 2022

Chhoem underwent eye surgery to heal her pterygium.

Chhoem is happy she took her neighbor’s advice to undergo surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre to remove the pterygium in her eye. Her surgery went well! Chhoem shared that it has been difficult to manage the farm by herself since her husband passed away and her health began to decline. She feels like this surgery to improve her eyesight and eliminate the painful symptoms is the first step to improving her life and livelihood.

Chhoem said, “I am so grateful my eye is better. I can grow rice on my farm without worrying about burning and itching in my eye and can see better. I am happier and want to thank you for paying for my surgery.”

Chhoem is happy she took her neighbor's advice to undergo surgery at Children's Surgical Centre to remove the pterygium in her eye. Her surg...

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February 4, 2022

Chhoem is a 50-year-old farmer. She has one son who works as a security guard. Chhoem’s husband passed away eight years ago. She enjoys listening to the news on the radio and watching movies on TV.

Around three years ago, Chhoem developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and a burning sensation. 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 Chhoem learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Chhoem 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 February 4th.

Chhoem says, “I hope after surgery my eye stops burning and I can feel comfortable. I want to return to planting rice without issues.”

Chhoem is a 50-year-old farmer. She has one son who works as a security guard. Chhoem's husband passed away eight years ago. She enjoys list...

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Chhoem's Timeline

  • February 4, 2022

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

  • February 4, 2022

    Chhoem 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.

  • February 4, 2022

    Chhoem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 25, 2022

    Chhoem's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 9, 2022

    Chhoem's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Chhoem's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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