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Success! Touch from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Touch
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Touch's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2021.

Photo of Touch post-operation

October 29, 2021

Touch underwent cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Touch’s cataract surgery was a success! She’s returned home with eye drops to continue her healing. She’s relieved that as a result of her surgery, she will no longer experience blurred vision and be dependent on others. Touch looks forward to caring for her grandchildren and watching them grow.

Touch’s daughter shared, “My mother’s sight has gradually gotten better. The staff put her at ease, and we were grateful to be in good hands. She is so much happier because she wants to remain independent as she grows older.”

Touch's cataract surgery was a success! She's returned home with eye drops to continue her healing. She's relieved that as a result of her s...

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September 20, 2021

Touch is a 69-year-old mother of seven. She’s a widow and has three sons, four daughters, and now thirteen grandchildren. She used to work as a cleaner before she retired and she lives with her youngest daughter who is a garment worker. When she is not chasing after her grandchildren, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio or visit the local pagoda.

One year ago, Touch developed a cataract in her right eye causing her blurry vision and difficulty seeing in bright or low light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 20th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Touch shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see better. I want to go outside, see all my relatives and do housework well.”

Touch is a 69-year-old mother of seven. She's a widow and has three sons, four daughters, and now thirteen grandchildren. She used to work a...

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Touch's Timeline

  • September 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Touch 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 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Touch's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Touch's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Touch's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Touch'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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48% funded

48%funded
$554raised
$597to go

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