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Success! Sambath from Cambodia raised $216 to fund eye surgery so she can go outside again.

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

Photo of Sambath post-operation

August 3, 2021

Sambath underwent eye surgery so she can go outside again.

Sambath’s vision instantly improved after the surgery, and her eye will continue to heal quickly. She can now be more independent with her improved vision and looks forward to spending time with her grandchildren. She shared that they were certainly jealous and curious of the eye patch she wore coming back from the surgery!

Sambath said: “I didn’t imagine that my eye would be so much better and my vision would improve. I no longer feel shy about talking with people. Thank you to everyone who helped to pay for my eye surgery!”

Sambath's vision instantly improved after the surgery, and her eye will continue to heal quickly. She can now be more independent with her i...

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June 22, 2021

Sambath is a 72-year-old rice farmer with three sons, three daughters, and 25 grandchildren. Sambath lives with her husband and their eldest daughter, who is also a rice farmer. She likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and visit the pagoda on holy days.

Two years ago, Sambath developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the eye that occur with excessive sun damage. Thus, Sambath has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Sambath learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter to seek treatment. Sambath needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival growth and replace it with 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 June 22nd.

Sambath is hopeful for her recovery, “I hope my eye feels comfortable again and the tearing and irritation stops. I want to go outside and not worry about my eye.”

Sambath is a 72-year-old rice farmer with three sons, three daughters, and 25 grandchildren. Sambath lives with her husband and their eldest...

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Sambath's Timeline

  • June 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sambath 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.

  • June 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sambath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sambath's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 8, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sambath's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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