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Success! Sitha from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery.

Sitha
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$225
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$0
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Sitha's treatment was fully funded on August 1, 2022.

Photo of Sitha post-operation

August 17, 2022

Sitha underwent eye surgery.

Sitha underwent a successful surgery at the Children’s Surgical Centre to remove the growth in her eye. She will now be able to make coconut cakes for sale again, and help her husband sell the fresh coconuts. This will improve the family financially, and ensure that her children can remain in school.

Sitha shared: “I can be more independent and not be embarrassed about my eye. I am thankful to the people who funded my surgery and hope that they continue to help Cambodians who need help with their eyesight.”

Sitha underwent a successful surgery at the Children's Surgical Centre to remove the growth in her eye. She will now be able to make coconut...

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April 19, 2022

Sitha is a 49-year-old coconut cake seller. Sitha is married and has one son and one daughter, both are students. Sitha enjoys watching funny videos on her phone.

Two years ago, Sitha developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her itchiness 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. Sitha has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Sitha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Sitha 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 helping Sitha raise $225 to cover this procedures, medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Sitha says, “I hope after surgery my eye stops tearing and burning so I can do more and make my coconut cakes well.”

Sitha is a 49-year-old coconut cake seller. Sitha is married and has one son and one daughter, both are students. Sitha enjoys watching funn...

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Sitha's Timeline

  • April 19, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 19, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sitha 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.

  • April 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sitha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 1, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sitha's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sitha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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