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Success! Chantha from Cambodia raised $201 to fund eye surgery.

Chantha
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  • $201 raised, $0 to go
$201
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$0
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Fully funded
Chantha's treatment was fully funded on April 21, 2020.

Photo of Chantha post-operation

October 26, 2019

Chantha underwent eye surgery.

Chantha has returned home after a successful operation. He was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operative swelling has started to go down, and his vision has improved. Thanks to surgery, he will be able to work and go about his daily life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation.

Chantha said, “I am so happy that my eye operation was successful, and that my eye is feeling so much better and is no longer burning or irritated. I can continue my business selling eggs and I can go anywhere I want to on my own more comfortably than before.”

Chantha has returned home after a successful operation. He was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-op...

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October 8, 2019

Chantha is a 42-year-old market seller from Cambodia. He has two children, and enjoys watching television and reading about the news.

Four years ago, Chantha developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation, blurry vision, 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Chantha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. Chantha 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for October 08.

Chantha said, “I hope my eyes will be able to see clearly after surgery and I can return to my work at the market.”

Chantha is a 42-year-old market seller from Cambodia. He has two children, and enjoys watching television and reading about the news. Fou...

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Chantha's Timeline

  • October 8, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chantha was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 08, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chantha received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chantha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 26, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chantha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chantha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Chantha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$115
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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Tumukunde

Tumukunde is a 27-year-old small scale farmer who grows beans and potatoes for home consumption. Tumukunde got married in 2010 and is a mother of four children. Her husband trades live animals, buying and selling of cows and goats one at a time because he doesn’t have enough capital to expand his business. Their family owns a four-room semi-permanent house. Their firstborn is 10 years old and in primary school class four, their second born is 8 years and in primary school class two. They also have a 3-year-old and 1-year-old who haven't started school yet. She developed a small swelling on her throat in 2014. She did not bother going for medical attention because she thought it was a family disease and she used local herbs to manage her goitre. In 2017/2018, her swelling increased, she started feeling severe pain, and she would find difficulty in breathing and carrying things. She could hardly carry anything on her head. She suffer headaches during rainfall and cold weather. Finally, she decided to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. If not treated through thyroidectomy, she could develop thyrotoxicosis, airway obstruction, difficulty in swallowing and may develop into thyroid carcinomas. Their family has no other sources of income despite having a lot to take care of on their shoulders and have asked for financial support to enable her surgery. Tumukunde shared, “I pray that I may be considered for the surgery because, without financial support, it’s impossible. After the surgery, I look forward to practicing extensive farming to be able to comfortably support my expanding family, and without pain, I believe I can make it.”

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$125raised
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