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Success! Bunthoeun from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery so that he continue working.

Bunthoeun
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Bunthoeun's treatment was fully funded on March 8, 2022.

Photo of Bunthoeun post-operation

March 18, 2022

Bunthoeun underwent pterygium eye surgery so that he continue working.

Bunthoeun’s surgery was a success! He shared that he was looking forward to the surgery and was happy with the excellent care he received from the medical team at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Bunthoeun will rest for a few days until he is cleared to return home, where he will apply eye drops to continue his healing. His visual acuity will continue to improve each day. He looks forward to returning to work to support his family and is so happy about how much better his eye feels!

Bunthoeun said, “I was ashamed of how my eye looked, and now my wife says I am good-looking again. The itchiness and tearing will go away, and I am happy that I can support my family and watch my children grow.”

Bunthoeun's surgery was a success! He shared that he was looking forward to the surgery and was happy with the excellent care he received fr...

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December 6, 2021

Bunthoeun is a 34-year-old waste collector. He is married and has two active children—a five-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter. His wife works as a garment worker in a local factory. In his free time, he enjoys going fishing.

Three years ago, Bunthoeun developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him burning, irritation, and tearing in his eye. 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Bunthoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 6th, Bunthoeun will undergo 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 his procedure is $216, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Bunthoeun shared, “I hope after surgery my eye will look and feel better. I will be able to go to work with a comfortable eye.”

Bunthoeun is a 34-year-old waste collector. He is married and has two active children—a five-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter. His...

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Bunthoeun's Timeline

  • December 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bunthoeun 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.

  • December 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bunthoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 8, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bunthoeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bunthoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Bunthoeun'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.