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Success! Manh from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery so that he can see well.

Manh
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Manh's treatment was fully funded on January 11, 2022.
November 8, 2021

Manh is a 37-year-old construction worker. He is married and lives with his wife, who also works in construction. Manh enjoys watching Khmer boxing and hopes to be more active again once his eye is better.

Four years ago, Manh developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation, itchiness, and discomfort with his appearance. 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, working, and going places outside.

When Manh learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On November 8th, he will undergo 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, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Manh shared, “I hope after surgery my eye irritation stops so I can go to work easily and not worry about my eye anymore.”

Manh is a 37-year-old construction worker. He is married and lives with his wife, who also works in construction. Manh enjoys watching Khmer...

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Manh's Timeline

  • November 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Manh was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 8, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Manh was scheduled to receive 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.

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Manh's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 11, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Manh's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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