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Success! Hun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so he can see again.

Hun
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Hun's treatment was fully funded on September 9, 2021.

Photo of Hun post-operation

August 2, 2021

Hun underwent cataract surgery so he can see again.

Hun had a smooth operation and was able to return home to his village the next day. He will need to rest and apply eye drops to reduce the chance of infection and aid in healing. He looks forward to reading to his grandchildren soon, and being able to recognize their faces.

He shared, “It was hard for me to admit I was going blind. I was able to see better immediately after surgery. I never expected to be able to see so well at this age. I appreciate all those who helped to restore my vision.”

Hun had a smooth operation and was able to return home to his village the next day. He will need to rest and apply eye drops to reduce the c...

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June 17, 2021

Hun is a retired teacher from Cambodia. He is married, with a family of three daughters, three sons, and six grandchildren. Hun lives with his wife and their eldest daughter, who is also a teacher. He enjoys reading books and listening to the news on the radio.

Six years ago, Hun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Hun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there with his daughter seeking treatment. On June 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery on his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Hun is eager for recovery, “I hope I can see clearly so I am comfortable walking around on my own and can read easily. I want to go to the pagoda to join ceremonies and volunteer at the Buddhist university.”

Hun is a retired teacher from Cambodia. He is married, with a family of three daughters, three sons, and six grandchildren. Hun lives with h...

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Hun's Timeline

  • June 17, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hun 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 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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