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Muon is a grandfather of ten from Cambodia who needs $216 to fund sight-restoring pterygium eye surgery.

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August 5, 2020

Muon is a 74-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have four sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. Neither he nor his wife work anymore, but they spend most of their time visiting their children’s families and taking care of their grandchildren. In his free time he likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and go to the pagoda with his wife.

Ten years ago, Muon developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, severe irritation and pain. 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 Muon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours by taxi seeking treatment. Muon 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 his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for August 5th.

Muon shared, “I have stopped working because of my eye problems, but I hope that when my vision is better I can see my grandchildren with no problem and take them on trips.”

Muon is a 74-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have four sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. Neither he no...

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Muon's Timeline

  • August 5, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 05, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Muon was scheduled to receive 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.

  • August 06, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Muon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Muon is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

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