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

Chreb
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chreb's treatment was fully funded on May 28, 2020.

Photo of Chreb post-operation

May 30, 2020

Chreb underwent eye surgery.

We received an update from our Medical Partner on Chreb’s treatment to share with you. The surgery went very well and now Chreb can see everything much better. She does not have any pain and will be able to return to work without any of the irritation or difficultly she had before.

“I feel grateful that I can see everything better, I look forward to starting my job soon,” Chreb said.

We received an update from our Medical Partner on Chreb's treatment to share with you. The surgery went very well and now Chreb can see ever...

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April 20, 2020

Chreb is a 56-year-old cleaner from Cambodia. Chreb lives with her husband, two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Her husband works as a security guard. Chreb likes to watch the news and Khmer dramas on TV.

Ten years ago, Chreb developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. 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 Chreb learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Chreb 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 April 20th.

Chreb’s daughter says, “I worry about my mom and I hope her eye gets better after surgery so she can have freedom again.”

Chreb is a 56-year-old cleaner from Cambodia. Chreb lives with her husband, two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Her husband wor...

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Chreb's Timeline

  • April 20, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 20, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chreb 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.

  • April 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chreb's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 28, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chreb's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 30, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chreb's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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