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

Chanthou
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$201
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Chanthou's treatment was fully funded on January 7, 2019.

Photo of Chanthou post-operation

November 7, 2018

Chanthou underwent eye surgery.

Chanthou 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 feel very happy that I can see everything clearly so I can go outside by myself.”

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

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November 5, 2018

Chanthou is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, five daughters, and two grandchildren. She likes to watch Indian dramas on TV.

Twenty years ago, Chanthou developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and burning. 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 Chanthou learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Chanthou 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 November 5.

Her daughter says, “I hope my mom’s surgery is a success so she can see better.”

Chanthou is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, five daughters, and two grandchildren. She likes to watch Indian dramas on TV. ...

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Chanthou's Timeline

  • November 5, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 05, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chanthou 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.

  • November 05, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chanthou's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 07, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chanthou's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 07, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chanthou's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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