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Success! Noeun from Cambodia raised $216 to fund sight-restoring surgery so she can return to her work.

Noeun
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Noeun's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2021.

Photo of Noeun post-operation

January 12, 2022

Noeun underwent sight-restoring surgery so she can return to her work.

Noeun took the advice of her son and had her pterygium removed by surgeons at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre. She’s looking forward to no longer feeling ashamed of how her eye looks and that her symptoms will disappear as her eye heals over the next several weeks. She is hopeful that her life will change for the better because she can go back to the fields to help with crops and better support her family.

Noeun’s husband said: “I am grateful that Noeun’s eye will be better. Her problems will finally go away and she will enjoy her life. Thank you!”

Noeun took the advice of her son and had her pterygium removed by surgeons at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre. She's looking ...

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December 1, 2021

Noeun is a 54-year-old woman with one son and one grandson. She works as a rice farmer alongside her husband and son. At home, Noeun enjoys watching funny movies on TV.

Four years ago, Noeun developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing itchiness, tearing, and a burning sensation in her eye. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, the 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.

When Noeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 1st, she will undergo surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $216 to fund the total cost of her procedure, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Noeun shared, “I hope after surgery my eye gets better. I want to go to the rice field to help my husband and support our family together.”

Noeun is a 54-year-old woman with one son and one grandson. She works as a rice farmer alongside her husband and son. At home, Noeun enjoys ...

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Noeun's Timeline

  • December 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Noeun 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.

  • December 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Noeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Noeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Noeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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