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Success! Sroeun from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery so that she can see well.

Sroeun
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Sroeun's treatment was fully funded on November 4, 2021.

Photo of Sroeun post-operation

November 11, 2021

Sroeun underwent pterygium eye surgery so that she can see well.

Sroeun had successful surgery to remove the growth covering her eye. Her poor vision had interrupted her ability to cook and care for her grandchildren. Now, Sroeun is thrilled that she will be able to go outside to enjoy the sun and help her family.

Sroeun said: “Thank you to everyone who helps Cambodians have a better life. I am a widow and thought I would have poor vision forever, but I feel so much better now that I can be useful to my family.”

Sroeun had successful surgery to remove the growth covering her eye. Her poor vision had interrupted her ability to cook and care for her gr...

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October 11, 2021

Sroeun is a 71-year-old woman with one daughter and three grandchildren. Sadly, her husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime many years ago. Sroeun lives with her daughter, who works as a farmer, and with her grandchildren. In her free time, Sroeun likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Sroeun developed a pterygium in her right eye causing her irritation, tearing, 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.

When Sroeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On October 11th, Sroeun will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. Now, she needs help raising $216 to cover the cost of her procedure, medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Sroeun shared, “I hope after surgery my eye irritation and tearing stops. When I am better, I can help my daughter take care of my grandchildren and help her cook.”

Sroeun is a 71-year-old woman with one daughter and three grandchildren. Sadly, her husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime many years ag...

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Sroeun's Timeline

  • October 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sroeun 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 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sroeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sroeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 11, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sroeun'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 Sroeun'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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