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Success! Phoeun from Cambodia raised $201 to fund eye surgery.

Phoeun
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  • $201 raised, $0 to go
$201
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phoeun's treatment was fully funded on February 23, 2020.

Photo of Phoeun post-operation

October 19, 2019

Phoeun underwent eye surgery.

Phoeun has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operative swelling has started to go down, and her vision has improved. Thanks to surgery, she will be able to work and go about daily life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation.

Phoeun said, “I am so happy that my surgery went well and that I am able to see clearly again. My eyes feel more comfortable than before, and I am able to continue my work at the rice field and go anywhere I want to on my own.”

Phoeun has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-op...

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October 8, 2019

Phoeun is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children, six grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time.

Five year ago, Phoeun developed a pterygium in left, causing her irritation, 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Phoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Phoeun 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for October 09.

Phoeun said, “I hope that I will be able to see clearly, go outside on my own, and will be able to plant rice again.”

Phoeun is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children, six grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the r...

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Phoeun's Timeline

  • October 8, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phoeun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 09, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phoeun 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.

  • October 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 19, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 23, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phoeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Phoeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$115
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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