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Success! Lim from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery in order to be pain free and see well again.

Lim
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$225
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Fully funded
Lim's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Lim post-operation

January 15, 2023

Lim underwent eye surgery.

Lim was nervous to have surgery for her eye but was frustrated that she could not see well, and was ashamed of how her eye looked. She had successful surgery to remove the growth and is so happy with the results. She rested several days at home applying eye drops frequently to aid in healing. After her eye has healed, she can take care of her house and family better. She also looks forward to helping with her grandchildren.

Lim’s husband said: “Lim was so happy to know that her eye will look better, she can go outside in the sun, and help to care for our grandchildren. Thank you to the doctors and nurses who were so kind to her at the hospital, and to the kind people who paid to help.”

Lim was nervous to have surgery for her eye but was frustrated that she could not see well, and was ashamed of how her eye looked. She had s...

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September 11, 2022

Lim is a 54-year-old proud grandmother, who is married with one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. She is a housewife and likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV in her free time.

Two years ago, Lim developed a non-cancerous growth of the conjunctiva (the mucous layer that lubricates the eye) in her right eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. This has caused her irritation and tearing, as if there is constantly sand in her eye. Her vision is blurry and she has difficulty seeing in the bright sun, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Lim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Lim needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The procedure is scheduled for September 12th, and will cost $225.This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Lim shared: “I hope after surgery my eye stops tearing and burning. I want to do housework well and not worry about my eye anymore.”

Lim is a 54-year-old proud grandmother, who is married with one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. She is a housewife and likes t...

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Lim's Timeline

  • September 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lim was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • September 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lim 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.

  • September 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lim's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 15, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Lim's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$146
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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Dennis

Dennis is the first born in a family of four children. When he finished high school, he was reluctant to join college because of his condition. He currently is not able to work because he gets easily tired and cannot carry heavy loads. He joined college just recently but has been out of school for the past two months. Now that he is at home, he helps his mother who picks tea for a living. He does not have a health insurance coverage and cannot raise the required amount of money to cater for his hospital bill. In 2019 while he was sitting for his national school exams, Dennis experienced sharp pain in his esophagus. He took a glass of water, and the pain went away for a few weeks. The pain used to occur roughly two times in a month and a glass of water would help a lot. Late last year, the pain worsened. He was not in a position to swallow food. He went to a herbalist and was given some medication to use for some time. When the dose was over, the pain was still persistent, and he still could not swallow food normally. He was then referred to Kijabe Hospital by a friend where he was examined and given some medication to use. He didn't feel better and decided to go back to the herbalist for different medication but there was no change. Later he finally returned to Kijabe Hospital and scans and tests revealed that he has Achalasia. He is scheduled for a heller's myotomy which is a curative laparotomy surgery for his condition. Now he needs $1,074 to pay for the surgery. Dennis says, "I feel very sad. If I was healthy, I would be able to work well and be comfortable with myself.”

58% funded

58%funded
$629raised
$445to go

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