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

Yoeun
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  • $201 raised, $0 to go
$201
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Yoeun's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Yoeun post-operation

August 10, 2017

Yoeun underwent eye surgery.

Her eye pterygium was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. She will return soon for the same surgery on her right eye.

Yoeun says, “I am very happy that I’m looking better. I can easily do any work and go anywhere outside. I don’t have to worry about my eye problems getting worse.”

Her eye pterygium was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye...

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July 18, 2017

Yoeun is an 82-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons, three daughters, and five grandchildren. In her free time, Yoeun enjoys listening to the monks pray at the pagoda.

About two years ago, Yoeun developed a pterygium, or a growth on the eye’s clear outer tissue, in each eye. This has caused her to experience blurred vision and irritation, and she currently has trouble confidently going anywhere by herself due to her difficulty seeing.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $201 to fund eye surgery for Yoeun. Surgeons will remove the pterygium from each eye on July 18, and, once the procedure is completed, Yoeun will hopefully be able to see clearly and comfortably again.

Yoeun is an 82-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons, three daughters, and five grandchildren. In her free time, Yoe...

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Yoeun's Timeline

  • July 18, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yoeun was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yoeun 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.

  • August 07, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yoeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Yoeun'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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