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

Sor
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
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$0
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Fully funded
Sor's treatment was fully funded on February 23, 2021.

Photo of Sor post-operation

February 26, 2021

Sor underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Sor traveled to CSC where surgeons removed the growth over her left eye and replaced it with a conjunctival graft. After a course of eye drops to keep her eye lubricated and prevent infection, she is able to see again. Although recovery can take up to six weeks, she will soon be able to resume caring for her family, run their small family business, as well as watch her favorite Khmer dramas on TV.

Sor shared, “I feel very happy that my eye problems all stopped. I can do housework and help buy groceries again.”

Sor traveled to CSC where surgeons removed the growth over her left eye and replaced it with a conjunctival graft. After a course of eye dro...

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November 23, 2020

Sor is a mother of three from Cambodia with three daughters and four grandchildren. Sor runs a small grocery shop at her home with her daughter. She lives with her eldest daughter since her husband passed away last year and shared that she enjoys listening to news on the radio.

Ten years ago, Sor developed a pterygium in left, causing her irritation, itching, 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 Sor learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour by tuk tuk with her brother seeking treatment. Sor 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 November 23th.

Sor said, “I hope my eye improves so I can help my daughter more at home with our business.”

Sor is a mother of three from Cambodia with three daughters and four grandchildren. Sor runs a small grocery shop at her home with her daugh...

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Sor's Timeline

  • November 23, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 23, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sor 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 24, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sor's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sor's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sor's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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