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Yean is 74-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $216 to fund sight-restoring pterygium eye surgery.

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July 6, 2020

Yean is a 74-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons and one daughter. Her husband passed away four years ago due to hypertension, so her children live nearby and help her with housework. She enjoys talking with her neighbors and going to the local pagoda to take part in ceremonies.

Seven years ago, Yean developed a pterygium in right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and pain. All these symptoms have worsened in the last six weeks. 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 Yean learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. Yean 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 July 6th.

Yean shared, “I hope after this pterygium is gone, I will be feeling much better. I will stop tearing and rubbing my eye, and I will be able to walk around by myself and do my housework without help.”

Yean is a 74-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons and one daughter. Her husband passed away four years ago due to h...

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Yean's Timeline

  • July 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yean was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yean 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.

  • July 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yean's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Yean's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Yean is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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