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Success! Lang from Cambodia raised $216 to fund treatment for pterygium in her right eye.

Lang
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$216
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$0
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Fully funded
Lang's treatment was fully funded on February 22, 2021.

Photo of Lang post-operation

February 24, 2021

Lang underwent treatment for pterygium in her eye.

Lang traveled to our Medical Partner CSC where doctors removed the abnormal growth in her eye. She has healed well and is excited to be able to do more things by herself. Lang had a big smile as she headed home. She shared with us that she enjoys visiting the pagoda to hear the monks pray, and is happy that she’ll be able to help her husband and children with farming now.

Lang traveled to our Medical Partner CSC where doctors removed the abnormal growth in her eye. She has healed well and is excited to be able...

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November 19, 2020

Lang is a farmer in her early 60s from Cambodia. She is married and has two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. Lang and her husband are rice farmers. Lang enjoys listening to the monks pray at the pagoda or on the radio.

Two years ago, Lang developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itching, discomfort, 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside independently.

When Lang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her husband seeking treatment. Lang 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 her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for November 19th.

Lang said, “the comfort and health of my eye is precious to me. I hope to be able to return to helping care for and support my family after surgery.”

Lang is a farmer in her early 60s from Cambodia. She is married and has two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. Lang and her husba...

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Lang's Timeline

  • November 19, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 19, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lang 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.

  • November 21, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lang's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 24, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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