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Success! Youm from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery in her right eye.

Youm
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Youm's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Youm post-operation

January 11, 2023

Youm underwent eye surgery.

Youm has returned home after a successful operation to repair her eye. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operative swelling has started to go down and her vision has improved. Thanks to surgery, she will be able to go about her life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation. She looks forward to returning to living a full life and supporting her family.

Youm said: “I am so happy I was able to have my eye fixed, now the irritation is gone, and I will be able to see better to cook and clean. Thank you to the donors and the wonderful staff.”

Youm has returned home after a successful operation to repair her eye. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent in...

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September 28, 2022

Youm is a 53-year-old housewife. She is married and has three daughters, five sons, and nine grandchildren. She lives with her husband who is a farmer. At home, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Three years ago, Youm developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her constant tearing, itchy, and burning in the eye. 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 anywhere outside.

Youm 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 $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 28th.

Youm said, “I hope after surgery my eye can see better and stop burning because it is hard for me to care for my family and do housework.”

Youm is a 53-year-old housewife. She is married and has three daughters, five sons, and nine grandchildren. She lives with her husband who i...

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Youm's Timeline

  • September 28, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 28, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Youm 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 30, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Youm's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Youm's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Youm'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 $225 for Youm's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$146
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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