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Success! San from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery.

San
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$216
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$0
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Fully funded
San's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of San post-operation

December 14, 2020

San underwent pterygium eye surgery.

The surgeons at Watsi’s medical partner CSC removed the pterygium and placed a conjunctival graft in San’s right eye. After a post-op course of eye drops and ointment to aid in healing and prevent infection, San can already see better, is able to go outside, and is planning to start farming again.

“I’m feeling so happy that my eye is better. I can do my work now planting rice and be more independent again,” San shared.

The surgeons at Watsi's medical partner CSC removed the pterygium and placed a conjunctival graft in San's right eye. After a post-op course...

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November 9, 2020

San is a 58-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sam has one daughter, five sons, and five grandchildren. Now he lives with his wife and she is also a farmer. He enjoys working on the farm and watching the news on TV in his free time.

Seven years ago, San developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation, burning, vision loss, 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 San learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. San 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 November 9th.

San said, “I hope that the doctor can remove the pterygium from my eye successfully so I can look good, feel comfortable, and continue my farming work.”

San is a 58-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sam has one daughter, five sons, and five grandchildren. Now he lives with his wife and she ...

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San's Timeline

  • November 9, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 9, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    San 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 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    San's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    San's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    San's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 2 donors

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