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Success! Theara from Cambodia raised $148 to see clearly again.

Theara
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  • $148 raised, $0 to go
$148
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Theara's treatment was fully funded on November 13, 2016.

Photo of Theara post-operation

November 14, 2016

Theara successfully received surgery to see clearly again.

Theara’s pterygium was successfully removed from her left eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection. Theara went home after the first surgery and has yet to return to have the same operation completed in the other eye. Because returning to the clinic requires taking a day off from work and usually a family escort, she may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because she left with clear vision in one eye, her problems with blurred vision are less of a burden making the second surgery a less immediate priority than the first. The second surgery will be free whenever Theara returns.

Theara’s husband shares, “I am very happy that my wife feels comfortable. I am thankful to all that helped.”

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

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September 6, 2016

“Theara is a 36-year-old garment factory worker married with one son and two daughters,” shares our Cambodian medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “She enjoys watching Khmer dramas and news on TV and listening to songs. She sometimes likes to go shopping.”

One year ago, Theara developed a pterygium in each eye. Also known as surfer’s eye, a pterygium is a non-cancerous growth that can cause painful symptoms. In Theara’s case, the pterygium causes blurred vision, burning, itching and redness.

“Theara traveled 30 minutes with her husband to reach CSC for treatment,” CSC shares. There, she can receive a simple surgery to remove the pterygiums in both her eyes.

Surgery costs $148, something Theara cannot afford. With our help, she’ll be able to see normally again and won’t be in pain.

"Theara is a 36-year-old garment factory worker married with one son and two daughters," shares our Cambodian medical partner, Children's Su...

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Theara's Timeline

  • September 6, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 6, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Theara 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.

  • October 14, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Theara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 13, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Theara's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 14, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Theara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $148 for Theara'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Joy

Joy is the first born child in her family. She is two weeks old. Their young family is feeling privileged and happy to welcome their firstborn baby, however, they are saddened by the fact that their baby needs medical care for her foot. Her condition has caused Joy’s parents a lot of worry about their daughter’s future. Joy’s mother is a housewife who completed secondary school and never was able to proceed to college due to a lack of funds. Joy's father just completed college and hasn’t been employed yet. The family doesn’t have a house of their own and still lives with their parents. When Joy was six days old, she was brought to the hospital by her mother with concerns of umbilical code sepsis. She was admitted to receive IV antibiotics and general medical management. While receiving medication in the ward, she developed wounds on her leg due to several attempts of cannulation. Over time her condition worsened and her wounds became septic. After several efforts to clean her wounds, it was noticed that her foot was not healing. After a long consultation with the medical team, the possibility of amputation was suggested to avoid further affecting her entire leg. Joy is in need and her family's inability to pay for the surgery has made them live with constant anxiety and worry about her future. Their family is appealing for financial assistance. Joy’s mother says, “I feel sorry about my child. It is painful for her to undergo this while she is just a few days old. Despite this, I will work hard to make her happy as she grows up."

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