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Bos is a 65-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $225 to fund eye surgery.

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January 31, 2023

Bos is a 65-year-old retired rice farmer. She lives in Kompong Cham province in Cambodia and has one sister and one daughter. She lives alone near her sister’s house and is supported by her daughter, who works on a nearby farm.

About three years ago, Bos developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growth occurs when the conjunctiva is damaged by excessive exposure to the sun, causing abnormal cells to grow over the pupil. This condition impairs Bos’ ability to see and function independently.

Bos sought care from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. She will need surgery to remove the pterygium, and to receive a conjunctival graft, which should prevent a recurrence. Her procedure is scheduled to take place on January 31st at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Now Bos needs your help to fund the $225 to cover the cost of the procedure.

Bos said: “I hope after surgery my eye can feel better and I don’t have to worry anymore.”

Bos is a 65-year-old retired rice farmer. She lives in Kompong Cham province in Cambodia and has one sister and one daughter. She lives alon...

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Bos's Timeline

  • January 31, 2023
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 31, 2023
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Bos was scheduled to receive 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.

  • February 7, 2023
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bos's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Bos is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

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Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $225 for Bos'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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