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Success! Chean from Cambodia raised $201 to fund eye surgery.

Chean
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  • $201 raised, $0 to go
$201
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Chean's treatment was fully funded on January 13, 2019.

Photo of Chean post-operation

December 5, 2018

Chean underwent eye surgery.

Chean has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operative swelling has started to go down, and her vision has improved. Thanks to surgery, she will be able to work and go about daily life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation.

She says, “I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly so I can do my work and go outside by myself.”

Chean has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-ope...

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December 2, 2018

Chean is a mother of four from Cambodia. She has one son and three daughters. She is a housewife. She likes to spend time with her neighbors.

Ten years ago, Chean developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, burning, tearing, and photophobia. 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 Chean learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Chean 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for December 3.

She says, “I hope my surgery is successful so my vision is clear and I can go outside on my own again.”

Chean is a mother of four from Cambodia. She has one son and three daughters. She is a housewife. She likes to spend time with her neighbors...

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Chean's Timeline

  • December 2, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chean was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 03, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chean received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • December 03, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chean's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 05, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chean's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 13, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chean's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Chean's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$115
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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