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

Leat
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
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Fully funded
Leat's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2021.

Photo of Leat post-operation

January 10, 2022

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

Leat’s eye surgery was a success! The doctors gave her prescription eye drops to ensure her eye heals properly, and she will wear an eye patch for a couple of days while she recovers. As she peeked through the eye patch, Leat noticed her vision has already improved.

While the pandemic has been difficult for her family, Leat’s improved vision will help her grow food to provide and improve their lives. Leat shared, “I am so relieved my eyesight will be better. I won’t be ashamed of how my eye looks, and I will feel more confident. Thank you to the donors who paid for my surgery.”

Leat's eye surgery was a success! The doctors gave her prescription eye drops to ensure her eye heals properly, and she will wear an eye pat...

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November 8, 2021

Leat is a 45-year-old rice farmer. She is married and has one son, one daughter, and one grandson. Leat lives with her husband, who works as a farmer, and their daughter who is in 10th grade. In her free time, Leat likes to watch movies on TV.

Two years ago, Leat developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, burning, and tearing. 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 Leat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 8th, she 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 her procedure is $216, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Leat shared, “I hope my eye gets well and the irritation finally stops. I want to return to the rice field and be comfortable with my eye.”

Leat is a 45-year-old rice farmer. She is married and has one son, one daughter, and one grandson. Leat lives with her husband, who works as...

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Leat's Timeline

  • November 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leat 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.

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Leat's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Leat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Leat'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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