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Success! Kean from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Kean
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kean's treatment was fully funded on June 10, 2021.

Photo of Kean post-operation

June 24, 2021

Kean underwent cataract surgery and has renewed confidence.

Kean is thrilled that her vision improved after her cataract surgery. Her eyes no longer experiences tearing or difficulty seeing in the sunlight. Kean looks forward to return to work as a fruit seller to help support her family. The surgery has provided her with renewed self-sufficiency, which she had lost over the past few years due to limited vision.

Her husband expresses that he is very happy his wife can be more independent: “She can visit the pagoda to pray, and can recognize her family.”

Kean is thrilled that her vision improved after her cataract surgery. Her eyes no longer experiences tearing or difficulty seeing in the sun...

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May 13, 2021

Kean is a fruit seller from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and many grandchildren. Kean lives with her husband and her youngest daughter who is a receptionist at a medical center. Kean cannot sell fruit anymore because of her poor vision. She still enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Kean developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Kean learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her daughter seeking treatment. On May 13th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Kean said, “After surgery I am hoping I can join ceremonies at the pagoda again and see my family.”

Kean is a fruit seller from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and many grandchildren. Kean lives with her husband and her youngest ...

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Kean's Timeline

  • May 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kean 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.

  • May 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kean's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 10, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kean's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 24, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kean's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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