Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

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

Thy
100%
  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Thy's treatment was fully funded on December 9, 2020.

Photo of Thy post-operation

November 26, 2020

Thy underwent eye surgery for pterygium.

Thy’s surgery went well and she was discharged back home with ointment and eye drops. Thy will have a followup appointment in two weeks so the medical team and monitor her healing. Thy is relieved she can see clearly again and is not experiencing discomfort, pain, or itching anymore.

“I am happy that the tearing and itching have stopped. Now I can do housework and go anywhere by myself,” Thy said.

Thy's surgery went well and she was discharged back home with ointment and eye drops. Thy will have a followup appointment in two weeks so t...

Read more
September 8, 2020

Thy is a 63-year-old farm worker from Cambodia. She has one son, four daughters, and ten grandchildren. She works at a local rubber farm.

Thy lives with her daughter and her grandchildren since her husband passed away seven years ago. When she is not working, she loves to take her grandchildren on walks to play outside. She is also a devout Christian, and shared that she likes to read the bible everyday.

Seven years ago, Thy developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her severe irritation, burning, and tearing. 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Thy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. Thy 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 September 8th.

Thy said, “I hope that after this procedure, I can see well enough to continue my job, and that I can play well with my grandchildren and enjoy being outside with them.”

Thy is a 63-year-old farm worker from Cambodia. She has one son, four daughters, and ten grandchildren. She works at a local rubber farm. ...

Read more

Thy's Timeline

  • September 8, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 8, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thy 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.

  • September 9, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 9, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.