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Hom is a single 60-year-old woman from Cambodia who needs $225 to fund surgery in her left eye to remove abnormal tissue.

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October 12, 2022

Hom is a 60-year-old Cambodian rice farmer. She is a single woman and has six younger sisters and one younger brother. She manages her rice farm, and when she has time, she likes to go to the pagoda or listen to monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Hom developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her tearing, itchiness, and blurry vision. This makes it very difficult to manage her crops alone. 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.

When Hom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Hom 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 October 12th.

Hom is hopeful to feel better soon and said, “I hope I will see better and stop the irritation and I can go back to planting rice again.”

Hom is a 60-year-old Cambodian rice farmer. She is a single woman and has six younger sisters and one younger brother. She manages her rice...

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Hom's Timeline

  • October 12, 2022

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

  • October 12, 2022

    Hom 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.

  • October 16, 2022

    Hom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2022

    Awaiting Hom's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Hom is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Hom's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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