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Sareth is a proud and hardworking 66-year-old from Cambodia who needs $225 to fund eye surgery.

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May 16, 2022

Sareth is a 66-year-old agricultural caretaker. He is married and has one daughter, three sons, and six grandchildren. All of Sareth’s children are farmers. In his free time, Sareth likes to listen to monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Sareth developed a non-cancerous growth in his right eye, which causes itchiness, irritation and tearing. This growth is a result of sun damage and has made Sareth’s vision worsen significantly.

Sareth traveled to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, to seek treatment. He will need surgery to remove the growth from his eye, and for the placement of a graft to prevent a recurrence. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 16th at our medical partner Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Our medical partner is seeking $225 to cover the cost of the procedure, medications, supplies, and two days of inpatient care.

Sareth says: “I don’t want to worry about my eye anymore. I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable and the irritation and tearing stops.”

Sareth is a 66-year-old agricultural caretaker. He is married and has one daughter, three sons, and six grandchildren. All of Sareth's child...

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Sareth's Timeline

  • May 16, 2022

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

  • May 16, 2022

    Sareth was scheduled to receive 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.

  • May 20, 2022

    Sareth's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Sareth is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Sareth'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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