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

Yan
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$216
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$0
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Fully funded
Yan's treatment was fully funded on March 12, 2021.

Photo of Yan post-operation

March 16, 2021

Yan underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Yan had a successful surgical procedure that removed the pterygium in her eye. She will use eye drops for several weeks and must avoid getting any soap or water in her affected eye. There is a bit of redness in her eye, but the medical team assured her that it will resolve itself in 2-3 days. Yan is very happy to have better vision and looks forward to caring for her grandchildren.

After surgery, Yan shared, “I can see better, go outside on my own, and will be able to help my family again.”

Yan had a successful surgical procedure that removed the pterygium in her eye. She will use eye drops for several weeks and must avoid getti...

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February 15, 2021

Yan is a 60-year-old grandmother who is married with two sons, six daughters, and many grandchildren. Yan worked on a rice plantation for many years, but now she does not work due to her vision. She stays at home and looks after her grandchildren. Yan enjoys listening to the monks preach on the radio.

Six years ago, Yan developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her tearing, irritation, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. 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 Yan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled across the country for seven hours seeking treatment. Yan 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 $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for February 15th.

Yan shared, “after surgery I hope my eye gets better so I can go to the rice field and help my husband.”

Yan is a 60-year-old grandmother who is married with two sons, six daughters, and many grandchildren. Yan worked on a rice plantation for ma...

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Yan's Timeline

  • February 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yan was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yan 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.

  • February 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yan's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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