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Success! Yoeun from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery.

Yoeun
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Yoeun's treatment was fully funded on December 22, 2020.

Photo of Yoeun post-operation

July 2, 2020

Yoeun underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Yoeun’s surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. She will no longer experience any pain, burning irritation, or tearing in her eye and she will have improved vision. Once she fully recovers, she will be able to be more independent and help her family with work.

Yoeun’s daughter shared, “With better eyesight my mom can go outside and do anything she wants by herself. I was worried that she would always need help from someone, so I am very happy she can see better now.”

Yoeun's surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. She will no l...

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May 12, 2020

Yoeun is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Yoeun has one son, three daughters, and five grandchildren. She has been living with one of her daughters since her husband passed away. Yoeun spends most of her time looking after her grandchildren while their parents are at work. She also likes to visit the local pagodas.

One year ago, Yoeun developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, tearing, and a burning sensation in her 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Yoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for many hours to the hospital seeking treatment. Yoeun 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 May 12th.

Yoeun said, “I hope that after surgery I will finally be able to see things clearly, and that my eye irritation will go away once and for all. I can’t wait to play with my grandchildren, and I even want to help out again with farming.”

Yoeun is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Yoeun has one son, three daughters, and five grandchildren. She has been living with one o...

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Yoeun's Timeline

  • May 12, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 12, 2020
    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.

  • May 13, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 22, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yoeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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