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June 9, 2020

Sor is a 37-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has two children and her husband is a nurse at a local health center. Sor helps her children with their school work and cooks for their family using crops from her garden. When she has freetime, she likes to watch dramas on TV and play mobile phone games.

Eight years ago, Sor developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her severe irritation, tearing, and pain. These symptoms have gotten worse in the past three months. 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.

When Sor learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Sor 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 June 9th.

Sor said, “I hope that after surgery I no longer feel the burning pain that I feel now. It makes it so hard to work on my farm, and recently I can’t go very far from the house by myself. I also hope my eye will look normal as before.”

Sor is a 37-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has two children and her husband is a nurse at a local health center. Sor helps her children ...

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Sor's Timeline

  • June 9, 2020

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

  • June 09, 2020

    Sor was scheduled to receive 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.

  • June 10, 2020

    Sor's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Sor is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Sor's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Sor's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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