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Success! Lan from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so he can keep working and supporting his family.

Lan
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lan's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2021.

Photo of Lan post-operation

January 3, 2022

Lan underwent cataract surgery so he can keep working and supporting his family.

Lan took the advice of another villager and traveled to our medical partner CSC for his surgery. Lan’s surgery was successful and after a short recovery period, he will be able to return home to his village and his symptoms should fully disappear. With better vision, Lan can return to being a fisherman, so he can feed his family and sell the fish to make money.

Lan said: “I feel happier and valuable to my family because I can be more independent and bring food to the table. Thank you to all who helped so I can have a productive life.”

Lan took the advice of another villager and traveled to our medical partner CSC for his surgery. Lan's surgery was successful and after a sh...

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October 25, 2021

Lan is a 64-year-old fisherman. He has three sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Lan lives with his wife who is a farmer.

Three years ago, Lan developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. Now he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Lan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 25th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Lan say, “I want my eye to see clearly so I can go fishing again and help my wife at the rice field.”

Lan is a 64-year-old fisherman. He has three sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Lan lives with his wife who is a farmer. Three...

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Lan's Timeline

  • October 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lan 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 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lan's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Lan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with cataracts experience decreased vision, discomfort, and irritation. Cataracts occur when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy, causing functional blindness. These changes in the lens commonly occur with increasing age and therefore affect elderly people. Cataracts can also be congenital or traumatic.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The decreased vision from cataracts can cause functional blindness. This makes it difficult for the patient to conduct daily activities. Patients often need a family member to help guide and care for them. If the patient is elderly, this often affects a young child in the family. When a grandmother needs help getting around, a young child is often assigned to help with her daily tasks. That child cannot go to school.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In many countries in the developing world, surgical services are inadequate. Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness globally. Even where surgical services are available, barriers to surgery remain, including cost, shortage of human resources, poor infrastructure, and limited awareness about access to available services.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed worldwide. Surgeons remove the cloudy lens and place a clear lens implant in its place.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

A patient's vision can improve to 20/20 within one day after the surgery.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Cataract surgery is highly effective and carries a low risk.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Cataract surgery is available in most areas of Cambodia. However, free surgery is not as widely available.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Some debilitating effects of cataracts can be improved with glasses. When the cataract becomes mature, however, the only definitive treatment is surgical.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.