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

Sokha
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$216
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$0
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Fully funded
Sokha's treatment was fully funded on February 22, 2021.

Photo of Sokha post-operation

February 26, 2021

Sokha underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Sokha underwent a pterygium eye surgery at our Medical Partner CSC. After a period of observation by the medical team, she was able to return to her province to recover at home. She will rest quietly for a few days, and apply eye drops to aid in healing and help to prevent infection. She looks forward to having good vision again so she can help her husband and family.

She said: “Thank you to CSC staff who helped to repair my eye. I am happy to be more independent and see faces better.”

Sokha underwent a pterygium eye surgery at our Medical Partner CSC. After a period of observation by the medical team, she was able to retur...

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February 4, 2021

Sokha is a 60-year-old mother of nine. She has two sons, seven daughters, and nine grandchildren. All of her children are now married. She lives with her husband who is a farmer and she used to work in the rice field with her husband, but for the last five years she has not gone because she cannot see. She stays home to help look after her grandchildren instead. She likes to watch Khmer movies on the TV and listen to the radio.

When she was about fifty, Sokha developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her itching, irritation, burning, 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Sokha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Sokha 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 February 4th.

She told us, “I hope after surgery my eye will be better. I want to help my husband to plant rice to earn money to support our family.”

Sokha is a 60-year-old mother of nine. She has two sons, seven daughters, and nine grandchildren. All of her children are now married. She l...

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Sokha's Timeline

  • February 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokha 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.

  • February 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokha's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Sokha'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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Mercy is a 28-year-old subsistence farmer from Malawi. She lives in a grass-thatched house with her husband and their three children. Her oldest child is nine years old and attends school, while her youngest is five years old. She and her husband also take care of her 93-year-old grandmother who depends on them. Mercy and her husband farm together and their farm produces enough food to feed the family, but not enough to sell a surplus. To supplement their income, she and her husband also work on other people's farms. In 2018, Mercy noticed a small lump on the left side of her neck. Over the years, the lump has grown and is hard and painful. After having several appointments rescheduled, Mercy finally got a scan and was referred to a lab for thyroid tests and to a surgeon. The lab tests and transportation costs have greatly impacted her family’s income, and it has taken her three years to have all of the required testing. She was finally diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and surgery was recommended to heal her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Mercy to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $1,015 to fund her procedure and care. Mercy shared, "this condition is not only affecting me, but mainly my helpless 93 years old grandmother and also my family. I can no longer draw water for my grandmother and my children are too young to help. My husband is now getting exhausted combining farm work and household chores. Please assist me with this surgery so I can start helping my family again."

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