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

Ruos
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Ruos's treatment was fully funded on May 6, 2019.

Photo of Ruos post-operation

March 12, 2019

Ruos underwent eye surgery.

Ruos 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 am very happy that my operation was successful. I am now able to see more clearly and comfortably than before, and I am able to return to my work and walk anywhere on my own.”

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

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March 11, 2019

Ruos is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has eleven grandchildren, and in her free time she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and go to the pagoda.

Four years ago, Ruos developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation, tearing, and blurred vision. 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 Ruos learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. Ruos 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 March 11.

She says, “I hope my surgery is successful so that I am able to go back to helping my daughter and taking care of my grandchildren.”

Ruos is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has eleven grandchildren, and in her free time she likes to listen to the monks pray on...

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Ruos's Timeline

  • March 11, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 11, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ruos 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.

  • March 11, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ruos's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 12, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ruos's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 06, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ruos's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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

Kemirembe is a 49-year-old mother of five and shared that her husband died in 1998. He left her with a grass thatched house, and through hard work, she managed to construct a three-room semi-permanent house to shelter her children. Her house though, was washed away by floods early last month due to constant rains in the country. She is currently struggling in putting up a temporally one because she wasn’t financially prepared for the disaster. Her firstborn is 30 years old and joined a technical institution immediately after completing primary school class seven, the second born is 27 years old and dropped out of school from secondary school class two, her third born is 25 years old and got married after primary school class seven. Her fourth is 23 years old and is in secondary school class four while her last born is 22 years and dropped out of school from primary school class seven. Most of her children are casual laborers and can only offer minimal support to her. At Rushoroza Hospital, she presented with a history of lower abdominal pain plus menorrhagia. If not treated through a total abdominal hysterectomy, she could have chronic pelvic pain that will stop her from doing her daily activities, severe anemia secondary to menorrhagia leading to possible heart failure. Kemirembe is a small-scale farmer who grows a variety of crops for survival. Her husband used to own and raise livestock such as cows and goats. He had many of them, she told us. Kemirembe managed to pay school fees for her children by selling the cows and goats and now is left with no animals. Kemirembe shared, “I had lost hope. May my prayers be answered. I look forward to putting more effort to farming in order to be able to take good care of myself in a few years when I grow older.”

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