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Success! Lorn from Cambodia raised $150 for surgery to restore his vision.

Lorn
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$150
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$0
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Fully funded
Lorn's treatment was fully funded on June 1, 2016.

Photo of Lorn post-operation

July 1, 2016

Lorn received vision-restoring surgery.

Lorn’s surgery went well. His pterygiums were successfully removed, and he has been given ointment to apply 3 times a day to protect himself from infection. He can see clearer than before.

“I feel more comfortable and can see everything clearer now,” Lorn shared after surgery.

Lorn's surgery went well. His pterygiums were successfully removed, and he has been given ointment to apply 3 times a day to protect himself...

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May 16, 2016

Lorn is 69-year-old rice farmer who lives in Cambodia with his wife. They have four sons, five daughters, and 20 grandchildren! In his spare time, Lorn enjoys listening to the news on the radio.

Two years ago, Lorn developed a pterygium in each eye. A pterygium is a growth that starts on the clear tissue of the eye that can spread to the cornea. This has caused Lorn blurred vision, irritation, and tearing. He can’t do work well or get around outside independently.

Lorn and his wife traveled for two hours to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), where he can receive pterygium excision surgery. This surgery costs $150, and will relieve Lorn of irritation and improve his vision.

Let’s help fund this life-changing surgery for Lorn!

Lorn is 69-year-old rice farmer who lives in Cambodia with his wife. They have four sons, five daughters, and 20 grandchildren! In his spare...

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Lorn's Timeline

  • May 16, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lorn was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • May 16, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lorn 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.

  • June 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 1, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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Elinipa

Elinipa is a beautiful two-year-old girl. She is an incredibly friendly child who loves to play with her five older siblings. At birth, she was a healthy child. It wasn't until she was learning to walk however, that her mother noticed that her legs were slightly curved, yet even so they did not seek treatment assuming it was a minor problem that she would outgrow. Elinipa has now been diagnosed with bilateral valgus, which is a condition caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result of her condition, Elinipa's legs bow inward to the point that her knees touch. This makes walking persistently more difficult as she continues to grow. Through our medical partner's outreach program her parents learned that their daughter needs surgery to correct her legs. Elinipa's parents are small scale famers who depend entirely on what they harvest to make a living. As a result, their income is not enough to afford to take Elinipa to the hospital to treat her condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Elinipa. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 13th at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. With this treatment Elinipa's mobility will hopefully be restored, thus allowing her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Elinipa’s father says, “I am worried with how her legs continue to bend inward. Please help us.”

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$217raised
$663to go

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