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

Hong
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$216
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$0
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Fully funded
Hong's treatment was fully funded on August 13, 2021.

Photo of Hong post-operation

June 28, 2021

Hong underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Our medical partner CSC’s surgeons successfully repaired Hong’s eye. To aid in healing and recovery, he will take it easy for a few days and apply eye drops. After a night in the hospital, Hong and his wife are able to return to their province. Thanks to the surgery, Hong is able to return to farming his land to support his new family. He shared that he is no longer feeling ashamed of what his eye looks like and is happy to be able to feel better and more sociable.

His wife shared her appreciation, “I am happy Hong has no more problems with his eye or vision. He can return to the fields like before to make a living for us. Thank you to CSC staff for fixing his eye.”

Our medical partner CSC's surgeons successfully repaired Hong's eye. To aid in healing and recovery, he will take it easy for a few days and...

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May 17, 2021

Hong is a 29-year-old farmer who recently got married. He and his wife work together, and when he is not working, he likes to cook and ride his motorbike. He also likes to listen to music and watch boxing on his phone.

Two years ago, Hong developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him severe irritation, tearing, and blurry 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Hong learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours along with his wife seeking treatment. Hong 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 his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 17th.

Hong shared, “I hope that my eye can feel comfortable again, and that I can work easily without always being bothered by the pain and tearing coming from my eye.”

Hong is a 29-year-old farmer who recently got married. He and his wife work together, and when he is not working, he likes to cook and ride ...

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Hong's Timeline

  • May 17, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hong 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 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 28, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hong's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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

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