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Success! Ngi from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery to improve his vision.

Ngi
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ngi's treatment was fully funded on January 3, 2023.

Photo of Ngi post-operation

February 1, 2023

Ngi underwent eye surgery to improve his vision.

Ngi had successful surgery, and after several days in the hospital, he was able to return home. Surgery was important to ensure he does not have a worsening of his condition. He will keep his eye protected, keep water away from the affected eye, and apply eye drops to aid in healing. Ngi’s life will improve because his eye symptoms will finally be gone and he won’t feel self-conscious about how his eye looks. He looks forward to selling cakes and doing more of what he likes.

Ngi said, “I will no longer be ashamed of my eye after surgery at CSC. My vision is better and I can go outside again. Thank you to the donors - now I can work to support myself.”

Ngi had successful surgery, and after several days in the hospital, he was able to return home. Surgery was important to ensure he does not ...

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August 10, 2022

Ngi is a 52-year-old man from Cambodia. He and his wife work selling Khmer cakes, which are traditional sticky rice cakes. He has one daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren. He lives with his wife and their youngest son. At home, he enjoys watching Khmer boxing and the news on TV.

Ten years ago, Ngi developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him to experience eye tearing, itchiness, 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. Ngi has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Ngi learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On August 10th, he will undergo 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 his procedure is $225. This covers supplies, treatment, and inpatient care for two days.

Ngi shares, “I hope after surgery I can see better, go outside, and help my wife make Khmer cakes to sell.”

Ngi is a 52-year-old man from Cambodia. He and his wife work selling Khmer cakes, which are traditional sticky rice cakes. He has one daught...

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Ngi's Timeline

  • August 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ngi 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.

  • August 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ngi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 3, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ngi's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 1, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ngi'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 Ngi'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.

John

John is a hawker (the local name for a street vendor) from Kenya. He has six children all under the age of 18 years. His wife helps at home and John is the family's sole breadwinner. Lately, due to his condition, John has been unable to work. He has no alternate source of income, and shared that he is struggling to raise his family. John first started experiencing a loss of appetite and stomach pain in April 2022. He visited a local health center and was treated for stomach aches, but his condition did not improve. He later started having episodes of diarrhea and has lost a significant amount of weight. He also has been experiencing bleeding that has caused him anemia. As a result, he has had several blood transfusions and hospital admissions. Recently, a biopsy at Kijabe Hospital revealed that John has colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is a disease in which cells in the colon grow out of control. At the current stage, his doctors feel the cancer can be stopped surgically from spreading. However, the procedure has to be done as soon as possible because it is urgent. He is now scheduled to undergo surgery and needs support. Unfortunately, John does not have medical coverage and cannot afford the surgery. He is requesting financial assistance to support the $1,074 needed for his medical care. John says, “I cannot eat, and I have lost a lot of weight. I have had several blood transfusions because of bleeding. I need this surgery to help fight the cancer.”

79% funded

79%funded
$850raised
$223to go