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

Saim
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Saim's treatment was fully funded on February 8, 2021.

Photo of Saim post-operation

February 1, 2021

Saim underwent ptergyium eye surgery.

Saim’s eye surgery was a success! Now that she has clearer sight, she will have a better quality of life, more independence, and can take care of her family.

Saim shared, “I feel very happy that my eye no longer has tearing and itching. I can take care of my grandchild, do housework, and go anywhere by myself now.”

Saim's eye surgery was a success! Now that she has clearer sight, she will have a better quality of life, more independence, and can take ca...

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October 5, 2020

Saim is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons, two daughters, and eleven grandchildren. She lives with her husband and one of her sons, who are also farmers. In her free time, she takes care of a garden at her house, and makes food for her grandchildren. She also likes to watch dramas on TV.

Eight years ago, Saim developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her severe irritation, 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Saim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. Saim 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 October 5th.

Saim said, “I have had this eye problem for a long time, and I am excited to finally feel better and not have irritation all the time.”

Saim is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons, two daughters, and eleven grandchildren. She lives with her husband and ...

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Saim's Timeline

  • October 5, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 5, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saim 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 6, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 8, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saim's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

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

Janeth is a two-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of two children. Her father is a small-scale farmer, while her mother has a few cattle whose milk she sells to buy food and other commodities. They also harvest and sell some of their crops to earn money. They are living in a harsh environment, but they try to manage on a day-to-day basis. Janeth was involved in an accident last year where she sustained severe burns. Her mother had made porridge for breakfast. She took the pot off the fire and placed it at a corner to cool down so that she could feed Janeth. As she went out to clean the plates Janeth took a cup and tried to take porridge by herself from the pot. She dipped her hand in the pot of hot porridge and while pulling her hand out, some of the porridge spilled on her left foot. Her mother ran inside when she heard Janeth crying, but she had already been badly burned. Her mother gave her first aid and rushed her to the nearest clinic where she got treatment that helped with the open wounds. The wounds have healed, but left her with scars that make her left-hand fingers hard to use, and the toe on her left food was disfigured. A relative who saw Janeth advised her mother to seek treatment at our medical partner's care center ALMC (The Plaster House). Janeth was diagnosed with burn scar contracture on her left hand and left foot. Her hand needs a release surgery with skin grafting because her fingers are webbed, and the fifth toe of her left foot needs to be amputated because it causes pain when she tries to wear shoes. Her mother cannot afford the $1,088 cost of treatment and is asking for help. Janeth’s mother says, "I had to convince my husband to let me come and seek treatment for our daughter. I am not at peace every time I think of her.”

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$531raised
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