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Success! San from Cambodia raised $148 for surgery to restore her vision.

  • $148 raised, $0 to go
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San's treatment was fully funded on October 20, 2016.

Photo of San post-operation

November 9, 2016

San can see clearly again.

Doctors at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), removed the pterygium from San’s right eye. Clear vision has been restored. As she recovers, San will use eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection.

San returned home after surgery, and she has not returned for the same treatment in her left eye. Returning to the clinic can be difficult for patients, as it requires them to take time off work and travel with a family escort. Now that vision has been restored to one eye, however, the second surgery is less urgent than the first. Treatment will be free whenever San returns.

“I look better and feel comfortable,” says San. “I can do anything on my own.”

San’s sister, who accompanied her to surgery, adds, “I am very happy that my sister feels comfortable so that she can easily do any work and go anywhere. I am thankful to all staff at CSC that helped on her eye surgery.”

Doctors at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), removed the pterygium from San's right eye. Clear vision has been restored...

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August 23, 2016

San is a 54-year-old rice and crop farmer living in Cambodia with her husband, two sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda to join in ceremonies.

Ten years ago, San developed blurred vision, tearing, and irritation in both eyes. She has been unable to see clearly, do her work well, and is unhappy with her appearance. She and her sister traveled to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for further evaluation, and she was found with a pterygium in each eye.

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. The growth can cause discomfort and obstruct vision. There is a higher prevalence for pterygiums along the equator, where there is more sun exposure.

San needs a surgical procedure to scrape and remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface, and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The CSC tells us that for $148, San can have the procedure she needs. The total cost covers the procedure, supplies, and two days of inpatient care. After her pterygium excision surgery, San’s discomfort will be relieved and her vision will improve.

San is a 54-year-old rice and crop farmer living in Cambodia with her husband, two sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. She enjoys v...

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San's Timeline

  • August 23, 2016

    San was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 23, 2016

    San 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.

  • September 12, 2016

    San's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 20, 2016

    San's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 09, 2016

    San's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $148 for San's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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