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Success! Putsat from Cambodia raised $225 to fund surgery to heal her eye.

Putsat
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Putsat's treatment was fully funded on October 24, 2022.

Photo of Putsat post-operation

November 11, 2022

Putsat underwent eye surgery.

Putsat has recently 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 overall her vision has drastically improved. Thanks to the procedure, she’ll be able to work and go about her life with improved vision and no discomfort.

A lot of people are looking to see Putsat returns to living a full life. Putsat’s husband shared: “I’m happy that Putsat’s eyesight will be better. She can take care of our daughter, help with homework, and be adventurous again. Thank you to the everyone that helped make this happen.”

Putsat has recently returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection...

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May 11, 2022

Putsat is a 46-year-old rice farmer who is married with one son, five daughters, and five grandchildren. Putsat lives with her husband who is a farmer and with her youngest daughter who is still a student. Pusat likes to watch movies, play with her grandchildren, and watch the news on the TV.

Four years ago, Putsat developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her to feel irritation and tearing. 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. Putsat is unable to see much beyond shadows and it has greatly limited what she is able to do.

When Putsat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for five and half hours seeking treatment. Putsat needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. CSC is requesting $225 to cover the procedure scheduled May 11th along with medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Putsat shared, “I hope after surgery my eye will feel comfortable and I won’t have any more redness or tearing. I am worried I cannot see out of my eye and want to see well to grow food for and take care of my family.”

Putsat is a 46-year-old rice farmer who is married with one son, five daughters, and five grandchildren. Putsat lives with her husband who i...

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Putsat's Timeline

  • May 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Putsat 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 16, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Putsat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 24, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Putsat's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Putsat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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