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Success! Phly from Cambodia raised $216 to fund eye surgery.

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Phly's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Phly post-operation

January 10, 2022

Phly underwent eye surgery.

Phly had a successful operation at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre. His eyesight will improve as he heals, and he can return to farming with his wife and children. This will support the family to make sure the grandchildren can stay in school. Phly is looking forward to having a more productive life and being useful in his community.

Phly’s wife said: “we are relieved Phly will be able to see well again, and the itching and burning of his eye will be gone. He can plant crops to help feed our family, and he feels joy at being able to see well again.”

Phly had a successful operation at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre. His eyesight will improve as he heals, and he can return ...

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November 25, 2021

Phly is a 64-year-old farmer who is married with one son, four daughters, and many grandchildren. He lives with his oldest daughter and his wife who are farmers too. Phly likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch boxing on TV.

Five years ago, Phly developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. 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.

When Phly learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Phly 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 his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for November 25th.

Phly said, “I hope after surgery the irritation will stop and I’ll be able to see clearly. I can then go to the rice field with comfortable eyes.”

Phly is a 64-year-old farmer who is married with one son, four daughters, and many grandchildren. He lives with his oldest daughter and his ...

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Phly's Timeline

  • November 25, 2021

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

  • November 25, 2021

    Phly 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.

  • November 29, 2021

    Phly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021

    Phly's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022

    Phly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Phly's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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Nyo is a 58-year-old woman. She and her husband are agricultural day laborers, but Nyo had to stop working two years ago due to poor vision. Since COVID-19 led to lockdowns in April 2020, her husband only receives work from his employer when there is a worker shortage so their income has been very limited. Nyo shared that she likes to meditate with prayer beads and listen to the news about her homeland Myanmar and music on the radio. Nyo is experiencing a cataract in her right eye. She can only see shadows, and the vision in her right eye is worsening. As a result, she cannot do household chores, and her husband has to help her to eat and guide her to the bathroom. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Nyo receive treatment. On January 4th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Nyo’s natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund Nyo’s procedure. Nyo shared, “If I can’t work or I can’t see, I will have to beg to eat because my husband cannot work. My husband and I were so happy to learn that an organization will help pay for the cost of my treatment. We are thankful to the donors and BCMF.” Nyo added, “When I have money, I want to open a small dry foods shop in my house. This way, when my husband and I are no longer able to continue to work as day laborers because of our age, we can chose a way to earn extra money while staying at home.”

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