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Success! Srey Mom from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery.

Srey Mom
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$216
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$0
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Fully funded
Srey Mom's treatment was fully funded on November 9, 2021.

Photo of Srey Mom post-operation

November 15, 2021

Srey Mom underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Srey Mom had successful surgery to remove the growth on her eye. Her eye will heal quickly and she will be free of pain and discomfort. As Srey Mom peeked through her eye patch, her vision had already improved. The pandemic has been hard on her business; being able to work again will help her to buy food for her family and improve their life.

Srey Mom said: “I am so relieved my eye will look better and my eyesight will be better. I won’t be ashamed of how my eye looks, and can work again to feed my family.”

Srey Mom had successful surgery to remove the growth on her eye. Her eye will heal quickly and she will be free of pain and discomfort. As S...

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October 18, 2021

Srey Mom is a 52-year-old food seller. She’s married with two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Srey Mom lives with her husband who is in the military. Before it closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Srey Mom sold food outside of a local factory. Nowadays, she stays at home and when she has free time she enjoys watching movies on TV with her kids.

Five years ago, Srey Mom developed a pterygium in her right eye causing her irritation, burning, tearing, and discomfort with her appearance. 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 Srey Mom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there seeking treatment. On October 18th, Srey Mom 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 her procedure is $216 which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Srey Mom shared, “I hope after surgery my eye irritation stops and my appearance improves. Then I will find another job to earn more money.”

Srey Mom is a 52-year-old food seller. She's married with two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Srey Mom lives with her husband w...

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Srey Mom's Timeline

  • October 18, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 18, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Srey Mom 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.

  • October 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srey Mom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srey Mom's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srey Mom'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 Srey Mom'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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