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Success! Ouy from Cambodia raised $216 to fund a pterygium procedure.

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Ouy's treatment was fully funded on July 25, 2021.
June 15, 2021

Ouy is a 23-year-old foodseller from Cambodia who sells food and drinks from his mobile cafe. He lives with his parents who operate a grocery stand. He is the youngest of five siblings. In his free time, Ouy loves to play volleyball with his friends.

One year ago, Ouy developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him severe irritation and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. As a result, Ouy has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Ouy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there with his mother seeking treatment. Ouy needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal growth from his eye 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 15th.

Ouy said, “My eye problem has made it hard to work for a while, and I can’t play volleyball, so I hope I can see better and feel better after this surgery. I want to work and play volleyball easily.”

Ouy is a 23-year-old foodseller from Cambodia who sells food and drinks from his mobile cafe. He lives with his parents who operate a grocer...

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Ouy's Timeline

  • June 15, 2021

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

  • June 15, 2021

    Ouy was scheduled to receive 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 16, 2021

    Ouy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 25, 2021

    Ouy's treatment was fully funded.


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

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  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Ouy's treatment
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  • 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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