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Rithea is a sandwich seller from Cambodia who needs $216 to fund treatment for pterygium in his right eye.

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June 1, 2021

Rithea is a 25-year-old sandwich seller. He is married and has one daughter, and his wife also works as a sandwich seller. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball and listening to music.

Three years ago, Rithea developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation, burning, tearing, redness, 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 now has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Rithea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his wife seeking treatment. Rithea 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 June 1st.

Rithea shared, “I hope I can feel comfortable again so I can return to working without worry about my vision.”

Rithea is a 25-year-old sandwich seller. He is married and has one daughter, and his wife also works as a sandwich seller. In his free time ...

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Rithea's Timeline

  • June 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rithea 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.

  • June 2, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rithea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 13, 2021
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Rithea is currently raising funds for his treatment.

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