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Success! Ry from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery to see well again.

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

Photo of Ry post-operation

January 11, 2023

Ry underwent eye surgery.

Ry had a successful surgery and after several days in the hospital, he was able to return home. He kept his eye protected and dry and applied eye drops to aid in healing. Ry’s life will improve because his eye symptoms will be gone and he won’t feel self-conscious about how his eye looks. Thanks to surgery, he will be able to farm with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation. He looks forward to returning to living a full life and supporting his family.

Ry said: “I am so lucky I could have my eye fixed so I can see normally again. It is hard to be a farmer and not see well. Thank you for helping with my surgery; I am very grateful that I can work again to support my family.”

Ry had a successful surgery and after several days in the hospital, he was able to return home. He kept his eye protected and dry and applie...

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October 10, 2022

Ry is a 59-year-old rice farmer. He is married with one son and three daughters. He lives with his wife and his youngest daughter who are also farmers. Ry enjoys spending his free time time listening to the news on the radio and watching TV.

Four years ago, Ry developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. 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. Ry now has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Ry learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Ry needs surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for October 10th.

Ry says, “I hope after surgery my eye will feel comfortable and I can go back to planting crops without difficulty seeing. I’d like not to worry about my eye anymore.”

Ry is a 59-year-old rice farmer. He is married with one son and three daughters. He lives with his wife and his youngest daughter who are al...

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Ry's Timeline

  • October 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ry 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 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ry's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ry's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ry'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 Ry'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Agnes

Agnes is a college student and is in her final year pursuing an architectural course. She lives with her parents and is the second born in a family of three children, all of whom are in school and rely on their parents for school fees and upkeep. Her father is a carpenter in their hometown, Kimende, and his income is inconsistent and not enough to cover the cost of the required surgery. Her mother is a small-scale farmer. Agnes was heading home in the evening last night when she remembers hearing screams and was hit by an unknown motorist from behind. She has no recollection of what happened after that. She lost consciousness and could not recognize her surroundings. She was brought to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital and had an x-ray that revealed a left distal femur fracture. Doctors have recommended an urgent fracture repair surgery since the wound is open and she is in extreme pain. Today, she has regained her consciousness but cannot sit or walk due to the fracture. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner are here to help. On October 14th, Agnes will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help get rid of the pain and she will eventually be able to sit and walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Agnes says, “I am in so much pain and I cannot walk. I don’t remember what happened, I just found myself bedridden with lights all over. I am unable to go back home because of the fracture.”

70% funded

70%funded
$1,064raised
$436to go