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Success! Horn from Cambodia raised $148 to remove painful growths from her eyes.

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Horn's treatment was fully funded on October 15, 2016.

Photo of Horn post-operation

November 8, 2016

Horn received successful eye surgery.

Doctors removed the pterygium from Horn’s right eye. As she recovers, she will use eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection. Horn’s vision has been restored.

Horn returned home after the surgery, and she has yet to return to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for surgery on her left eye. Returning to the clinic is not easy for Horn, as it requires her to take the day off from work. Now that sight has been restored to one eye, however, the second surgery is less urgent than the first. Treatment will be free whenever Horn returns.

“I look better and see comfortably now,” says Horn. “I can continue my work again…and go places on my own.”

Horn’s daughter adds, “I am very happy that my mother looks better and can do any work easily. I am thankful to all staff at CSC that helped on her eye surgery.”

Doctors removed the pterygium from Horn's right eye. As she recovers, she will use eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection. Hor...

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August 16, 2016

“Horn is a 45-year-old woman who works in a cement factory,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). She lives in Cambodia and is married with two sons and one daughter.

About two years ago, Horn developed a noncancerous growth, or pterygium, in each eye. Also known as “surfer’s eye,” these growths occur on the conjunctiva of the eye. They cause burning pain, tearing and blurred vision.

Pterygiums are caused by exposure to sunlight and are more common in countries near the equator. Treating them requires a simple, $148 surgery to scrape the growth from the conjunctiva and graft new tissue on to prevent them from recurring.

Horn travelled three hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. With our help, she’ll be able to undergo surgery and regain her full vision.

"Horn is a 45-year-old woman who works in a cement factory," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). She lives in Camb...

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Horn's Timeline

  • August 16, 2016

    Horn was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 16, 2016

    Horn 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 9, 2016

    Horn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 15, 2016

    Horn's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 8, 2016

    Horn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $148 for Horn'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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