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Success! Pov from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so he can continue working.

Pov
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pov's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2021.

Photo of Pov post-operation

August 3, 2021

Pov underwent cataract surgery so he can continue working.

Pov was able to return to work as a laborer after his cataract surgery. This outcome allows him to support his family and gain independence again, which is a big relief for Pov.

Pov’s update: “I lived with poor vision for several years. When I woke up the next day after having my surgery, I was thrilled to recognize my family’s faces. I can go out by myself and be more independent. Thank you for giving me my eyesight back.”

Pov was able to return to work as a laborer after his cataract surgery. This outcome allows him to support his family and gain independence ...

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June 21, 2021

Pov is a 55-year-old laborer from Cambodia. He is married and has three sons, four daughters, and four grandchildren. Pov lives with his wife, who is also a laborer. He enjoys spending time with his children and listening to the news.

Three years ago, Pov developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him sensitivity to light, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Pov learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On June 21st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Pov shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly so I can work well and get around easily outside by myself.”

Pov is a 55-year-old laborer from Cambodia. He is married and has three sons, four daughters, and four grandchildren. Pov lives with his wif...

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Pov's Timeline

  • June 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pov 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.

  • June 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pov's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pov's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pov's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Pov'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.