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Success! Tony from Cambodia raised $216 for eye surgery so he can see clearly again and get back to working.

Tony
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$216
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Fully funded
Tony's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Tony post-operation

December 25, 2021

Tony for eye surgery so he can see clearly again and get back to working.

Tony has returned home after a successful operation! Post-operative swelling has started to go down, and his vision has improved. Thanks to surgery, he will be able to work on his farm and go about daily life without discomfort or irritation.

Tony said: “I feel very happy that I finally have no more eye irritation, tearing, or itching. I can go to plant rice again, help with housework, and go anywhere without worrying about my eye anymore.”

Tony has returned home after a successful operation! Post-operative swelling has started to go down, and his vision has improved. Thanks to ...

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September 14, 2021

Tony is a 53-year-old rice farmer with one son and one daughter, both of whom are students. His wife is a grocery seller. Due to poor vision, he mostly stays at home and listens to the news or boxing on the radio.

Three years ago, Tony developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him inflammation, pain, burning, and photophobia. 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Tony learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Tony 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 his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 14th.

Tony says, “I hope after surgery my eye will improve. I want to be able to plant crops and earn money for my family again.”

Tony is a 53-year-old rice farmer with one son and one daughter, both of whom are students. His wife is a grocery seller. Due to poor vision...

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Tony's Timeline

  • September 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tony 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 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tony's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tony's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tony's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

Minea is a sweet, nap-loving two-year-old boy. He is the first child in his family, and his parents work as rice farmers. They shared that Minea loves to play with toys and take a good nap, if not two, every day! Minea also loves to eat and cuddle with his parents. In December 2021, Minea and his mother were in a motorcycle accident that injured Minea's left shoulder. His parents took him to the local hospital for X-rays and care; however, his shoulder is still dislocated, meaning he cannot lift his arm or grasp objects with his hand. Minea has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Minea's family brought him to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), in February to undergo physiotherapy for his injury. Since there has been no improvement after three months of physiotherapy, CSC's specialty surgeons determined that Minea needs to undergo a nerve transfer surgery to heal. CSC is the only center in the whole country where this treatment is available, and, on April 21st, Minea will undergo surgery. His doctors shared that, after recovery, his nerve graft should regenerate so he can use his arm again. CSC is requesting $709 to fund this procedure. Minea's parents hope their child will have a successful surgery and he will be able to fully use his hand as he grows up.

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