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

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

Photo of Yom post-operation

November 30, 2021

Yom underwent cataract surgery.

Yom traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre to have her cataract surgery. She was hesitant to have surgery and had resigned herself to having poor vision for the rest of her life, never imagining that her vision would return. However, Yom underwent successful surgery and is now back home. After the surgery, she was thrilled with the results. Yom’s life will be better because she will be able to be more independent, and she will be able to help with housework and care for her grandchildren.

Yom’s daughter said: “I am excited that my mother has renewed interest in life. She can see better, she can cook for the grandchildren, and she is much happier now that she can visit people in our village. Thank you to all who helped her to have a better life.”

Yom traveled to Children's Surgical Centre to have her cataract surgery. She was hesitant to have surgery and had resigned herself to having...

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September 6, 2021

Yom is a 75-year-old mother of five children and now many grandchildren. Sadly, her husband passed away ten years ago. She lives with her youngest daughter, who works in construction. When she is not caring for her grandchildren, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Yom developed a cataract in her left eye causing her sensitivity to light, difficulty seeing in low light, and cloudy vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Yom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 6th, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

Yom shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly again, I can take care of my grandchildren and help my daughter to cook.”

Yom is a 75-year-old mother of five children and now many grandchildren. Sadly, her husband passed away ten years ago. She lives with her yo...

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Yom's Timeline

  • September 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yom 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.

  • September 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yom's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 30, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.