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Success! Yoeun from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery so she can see clearly.

Yoeun
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yoeun's treatment was fully funded on March 2, 2021.

Photo of Yoeun post-operation

March 5, 2021

Yoeun underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Yoeun has returned home after a successful pterygium eye operation. Her post-operative swelling has started to go down, and she’s excited that her vision has already improved. Thanks to surgery, she will be able to work and go about daily life with improved vision, and without the discomfort and irritation that she had for many years.

Yoeun told us, “I feel very happy that I can see better from my eye after so many years. My eye stopped itching, tearing, and I can go outside. I can do housework and go anywhere by myself well. Thank you to the strangers who helped me see well again.”

Yoeun has returned home after a successful pterygium eye operation. Her post-operative swelling has started to go down, and she's excited th...

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January 12, 2021

Yoeun is a 62-year-old retired rice farmer with one daughter who sells food on a mobile cart. She no longer works in the family rice field due to her age, instead staying at home and looking after her grandchildren and her elderly mother. Her husband died in the Khmer Rouge regime. She enjoys listening to monks preaching on the radio when she has free time.

Since ten year ago, Yoeun has had a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation, pain, headache, 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 Yoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her daughter finally seeking treatment. Yoeun 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 January 12th.

“I hope after surgery my eye gets better, I can be independent and not worry about my eye anymore. I want to go to the pagoda ceremony without help and take care of my mother,” Yoeun told us with a hopeful smile.

Yoeun is a 62-year-old retired rice farmer with one daughter who sells food on a mobile cart. She no longer works in the family rice field d...

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Yoeun's Timeline

  • January 12, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yoeun was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yoeun 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.

  • January 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 02, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yoeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 05, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Yoeun'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.