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Success! Yorn from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

Yorn
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Yorn's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Yorn post-operation

December 28, 2021

Yorn underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Yorn took the advice of a neighboring villager and traveled several hours across the country to have her surgery. She will stay at the hospital until surgeons are sure she has no complications, then return to her village. She was not expecting that she would be able to see well after many years of poor vision, but now she is looking forward to being more confident when walking alone, and seeing the faces of her grandchildren clearly. Her life already feels fuller because she feels more independent and useful to her family.

Yorn said: “I feel different because I can see better than before. I can go to the pagoda by myself and help my daughter to take care of the grandchildren. Thank you.”

Yorn took the advice of a neighboring villager and traveled several hours across the country to have her surgery. She will stay at the hospi...

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November 29, 2021

Yorn is an elderly widow with three daughters and many grandchildren. She lives with her oldest daughter, who works as a farmer. Yorn and her husband also used to work as farmers, but her husband passed away many years ago due to a lung problem. Yorn stays at home now and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and visiting the local pagoda.

Four years ago, Yorn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing tearing and blurry vision. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things, recognizing faces, and going outside.

When Yorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 29th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, Yorn will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Yorn shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I want to do things by myself like eating or walking around.”

Yorn is an elderly widow with three daughters and many grandchildren. She lives with her oldest daughter, who works as a farmer. Yorn and he...

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Yorn's Timeline

  • November 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yorn 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.

  • November 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 28, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 2 donors

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