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Success! Phuong from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery in his right eye.

Phuong
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phuong's treatment was fully funded on October 12, 2022.

Photo of Phuong post-operation

October 18, 2022

Phuong underwent eye surgery in his right eye.

Phuong was nervous to have surgery for his eye. He returned home after a successful operation, post-operative swelling has started to go down, and his vision has improved. Thanks to surgery, Phuong will be able to work and go about daily life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation. He looks forward to returning to living a full life and supporting his family.

Phuong said: “I am happy I can go outside to farm, can be more independent and not be embarrassed about my eye. I am thankful to the people who funded my surgery and hope that they continue to help people who need help.”

Phuong was nervous to have surgery for his eye. He returned home after a successful operation, post-operative swelling has started to go dow...

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May 6, 2022

Phuong is a 65-year-old rice farmer who is married with one son, four daughters, and six grandchildren. He and his wife are rice farmers and live with their youngest daughter who sells coconuts by the road in their village. In the evening, he likes to visit his grandchildren and listen to local news on the radio.

Six years ago, Phuong developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation and tearing. The growth has covered his pupil and he is almost blind in that eye. 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Phuong learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Phuong 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 his procedure is $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 6th.

Phuong says, “I hope after surgery, I will see better and my eye will look good. I want to go outside and plant rice to help my family.”

Phuong is a 65-year-old rice farmer who is married with one son, four daughters, and six grandchildren. He and his wife are rice farmers and...

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Phuong's Timeline

  • May 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 6, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phuong 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.

  • May 6, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phuong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 12, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phuong's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phuong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Phuong'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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