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Success! Muon from Cambodia raised $148 to fund eye surgery.

Muon
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  • $148 raised, $0 to go
$148
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Muon's treatment was fully funded on April 7, 2017.

Photo of Muon post-operation

March 1, 2017

Muon underwent successful eye surgery.

Muon’s eye pterygium was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation.

Muon says, “I look better and feel more comfortable. I can go back to working at the church again.”

Muon's eye pterygium was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given...

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January 12, 2017

Muon is a 58-year-old cook from Cambodia. She is married and has five children and seven grandchildren. She enjoys watching TV dramas and going to church to learn and listen to the pastor.

About 20 years ago, Muon developed a painful growth called a pterygium in each eye, impairing her vision. Not being able to see things clearly makes doing any type of work difficult, and Muon worries about going blind.

“I hope to feel more comfortable because I want to continue my work at the church and I want to be able to go anywhere by myself,” says Muon.

Muon and her daughter traveled for one hour to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On January 12, eye surgeons from CSC will remove the pterygium from each of Muon’s eyes, allowing her to see clearly again!

CSC is requesting $148 to fund this procedure.

Muon is a 58-year-old cook from Cambodia. She is married and has five children and seven grandchildren. She enjoys watching TV dramas and go...

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Muon's Timeline

  • January 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 12, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Muon 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.

  • January 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Muon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 1, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Muon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 7, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Muon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $148 for Muon'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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