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Success! Saroeung from Cambodia raised $216 to fund surgery to see clearly again.

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Saroeung's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2021.

Photo of Saroeung post-operation

January 12, 2022

Saroeung underwent surgery to be able to see clearly again.

Saroeung was reluctant to have surgery but took her neighbor’s advice to have her pterygium treated. She’s now home resting as she heals. Saroeung is thrilled that her eye will look better, and she will be able to go out in the sunshine again to help on the farm.

Saroeung said: “Thank you to all the people who helped me to have this surgery so I can help my family with our farm. I’m relieved my eye could be fixed, I thought it would be ugly the rest of my life, and I didn’t want anyone to see it. Now I can go outside, and see better.”

Saroeung was reluctant to have surgery but took her neighbor's advice to have her pterygium treated. She's now home resting as she heals. Sa...

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November 26, 2021

Saroeung is a 63-year old farmer. She lives with her husband who is a cattle farmer. They have two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. They live with their youngest son who drives a motor-taxi. Now, Saroeung stays home and likes to listen to monks pray on the radio.

Several years ago, Saroeung developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her diminished vision, itching, 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 Saroeung learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. Saroeung 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 November 26th.

Saroeung says, “I hope after surgery my eye will feel better, I can go outside on my own again, and will be able to take care of my grandchildren better.”

Saroeung is a 63-year old farmer. She lives with her husband who is a cattle farmer. They have two sons, two daughters, and five grandchild...

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Saroeung's Timeline

  • November 26, 2021

    Saroeung was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 26, 2021

    Saroeung 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.

  • November 30, 2021

    Saroeung's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2021

    Saroeung's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2022

    Saroeung's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 1 donor

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Saroeung'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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