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Success! Beng from Cambodia raised $148 to remove a pterygium from each eye.

Beng
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$148
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$0
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Fully funded
Beng's treatment was fully funded on November 1, 2016.

Photo of Beng post-operation

November 16, 2016

Beng successfully received surgery to remove a pterygium from each eye.

Beng’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection. Beng went home after the first surgery and has yet to return to have the same operation completed in the other eye. Because returning to the clinic requires taking a day off from work and usually a family escort, she may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because she left with clear vision in one eye, her problems with blurred vision are less of a burden making the second surgery a less immediate priority than the first. The second surgery will be free whenever Beng returns.

“I am very happy that my mother looks better and feels comfortable,” shares Beng’s daughter. “I don’t have to worry about her eye problems anymore. I am thankful.”

Beng's eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given ey...

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October 4, 2016

Beng is a 57-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married with four sons, two daughters, and has seven grandchildren. Beng likes to go to the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. She heard about CSC from a person in her village who had surgery here in the past. Beng traveled for five hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment.

Beng developed a pterygium in each eye about five years ago. This causes her blurred vision, burning, and tearing. It is difficult for her to see things clearly, do any work, and go places on her own. It also makes her feel uncomfortable.

For $148, eye surgeons at CSC will remove the pterygium in each eye to relieve her of her symptoms.

“I hope I can feel comfortable and be able to do work easily and go outside. I want to be able to plant rice better than now,” shares Beng.

Beng’s daughter says, “I hope that my mother can feel comfortable and make me not worry about her eye problems anymore.”

Beng is a 57-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married with four sons, two daughters, and has seven grandchildren. Beng likes to go...

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Beng's Timeline

  • October 4, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Beng was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 4, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Beng 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 14, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Beng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Beng's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Beng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $148 for Beng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$97
Medical Staff
$50
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • 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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