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Success! Rey from Cambodia raised $225 to fund eye surgery so he can see clearly again.

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

Photo of Rey post-operation

January 11, 2023

Rey underwent eye surgery so he can see clearly again.

Rey was hopeful he could have his eye repaired so he could see well enough to work outside in the rice fields. With support from the Watsi community, he had successful eye surgery and was able to return home with antibiotic eye drops to aid in healing and reduce the chance of infection. Improved eyesight is important to Rey to be able to support his family. He is relieved he will no longer have poor vision or irritation, and is happy his eye will look and feel better soon.

Rey’s wife shared: “We are very grateful and pleased that my husband’s eye will look better and he can see to drive his motorcycle. He doesn’t complain about the redness or itchiness and we can work together to grow rice to feed our family. Thank you to the donors who paid for his surgery and to the CSC staff who took care of him.”

Rey was hopeful he could have his eye repaired so he could see well enough to work outside in the rice fields. With support from the Watsi ...

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October 4, 2022

Rey is a married, 58-year-old rice farmer, living in Cambodia with his wife and youngest daughter. Together, he and his wife have one daughter, five sons and five grandchildren. Rey’s wife is also a farmer, while his daughter is a garment worker.

Three years ago Rey developed a non-cancerous growth in his left eye, most likely as a result of sun damage. This growth disrupts Rey’s ability to see clearly, and negatively impacts his quality of life.

Rey traveled for four hours to see help from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. It was determined that Rey requires surgery to remove the affected tissue; the procedure, medications, and supplies will cost $225.

Rey is now scheduled to undergo surgery on October 4th, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, and hopes for your support to cover the cost of his surgery to help him see clearly again.

Rey said: “I hope after surgery my eye will stop tearing and I can see better. I hope to plant rice well again.”

Rey is a married, 58-year-old rice farmer, living in Cambodia with his wife and youngest daughter. Together, he and his wife have one daugh...

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Rey's Timeline

  • October 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rey 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 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rey's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rey'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 $225 for Rey'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.