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Success! Sun from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Sun
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$225
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$0
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Sun's treatment was fully funded on December 8, 2015.

Photo of Sun post-operation

December 24, 2015

Sun received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

After a brief, 40-minute procedure, “Sun can see everything more clearly than before,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), says. “She has been instructed to apply eye drops daily to protect herself from infection.”

“I feel very happy,” Sun shares. “I can see everything more clearly than before and I can go walking anywhere by myself easily. I can help my family cook food and take care my grandchild at home.”

After a brief, 40-minute procedure, "Sun can see everything more clearly than before," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC)...

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November 15, 2015

Sun is a 75-year-old mother of six and grandmother of 13. Sun lives in Cambodia, where she spends her free time talking with her neighbors and visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray.

“Ten years ago, Sun developed a cataract in each eye,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). A cataract occurs when proteins buildup inside the eye lens, clouding sight.

With blurry vision, itchiness, and sensitivity to bright light, Sun finds herself with less overall independence. She explains, “It is hard for me to see anything and recognize the faces of everyone clearly. It is hard to do any work by myself or go walking anywhere on my own.”

After hearing about CSC from a neighbor, Sun travelled four hours to reach their clinic.

For $225, doctors at CSC will perform an operation to remove the cloudy lenses in both of Sun’s eyes and replace them with new, artificial implants.

Within one day of her procedure, Sun will be able to see clearly again.

Excited for her treatment, Sun says, “I hope my eyes can see everything clearly after treatment so I can easily do any work by myself and go walking anywhere outside.”

Sun is a 75-year-old mother of six and grandmother of 13. Sun lives in Cambodia, where she spends her free time talking with her neighbors a...

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Sun's Timeline

  • November 15, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sun was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • November 16, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sun received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • December 01, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 08, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sun's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 24, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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Khin

Khin lives with his wife and five children along the Thai-Burma border. Khin and his wife work as porters on the river that runs between the Thai-Burma border. They carry items to and from the boats that bring Burma people across to Thailand. However, Khin has been unable to work for the past year, and his wife stopped working in December 2019, when she accompanied Khin to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). His eldest son works at a bicycle shop as a salesman and earns 200 baht (approx. 7 USD) per day. Khin’s other children all go to school. One day in February 2019, Khin was playing football with his friends. During the game, Khin went to hit the ball with the inside of his right foot. However, someone from the opponent team accidentally kicked him above his right ankle when they tried to take the ball away from him. Right away, Khin’s leg hurt and he was unable to continue with the game. His friend brought him back home. For the next two months, Khin sought help from a traditional masseuse and a traditional healer. When neither treatments helped, he sought help from a health worker. There, he received an injection into his right leg, close to his injury. Khin said, “As soon as I received the injection, I felt better but it did not last for a long time and the pain returned.” He returned twice more and each time he received another injection that at first helped reduce the pain. One day, Khin heard about a traditional healer from a friend. When he went to see them, the traditional healer applied a bandage with herbs to his injured leg and provided him with instructions on how to reapply the bandage at home. Afterward, whenever Khin applied the bandage with herbs, he felt better so he continued to reapply it for the next six months. Khin thought his leg would finally heal, but after using the bandage for six months, he noticed that the area around his ankle and his right foot had become swollen, and that there was pus from sores on his ankle and the sole of his foot. A friend told him about a charitable clinic called MTC right across the border in Mae Sot, Thailand. Khin decided to seek help there, so accompanied by his wife, they arrived at MTC on the 1st of December 2019. He was admitted right away and he received oral medication, injections and had his leg dressed and changed daily. Every 10 days, he also had the pus in his injured leg drained. During the first week of January 2020, MTC brought Khin to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further treatment. There, he received blood tests and an X-ray before the doctor told him that he needs to receive surgery which would cost him around 30,000 baht (approx. 1,000 USD). However, Khin was unable to pay for surgery. Once Khin was brought back to MTC, the medic saw that he had been diagnosed with chronic osteomyelitis, a severe infection of his bone, and referred him to Watsi Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance in accessing further treatment. BCMF connected him to Mawlamyine Christine Leprosy Hospital (MCLH) in Burma. After the doctor reviewed his medical records, the doctor recommended an amputation of his right leg below the knee. Currently, Khin suffers from a lot of pain in his right leg at night and he is not able to sleep. During the day however, the pain lessens if he does not walk long distances. He also needs to use crutches to get around. Khin said, “I would like to feel better as soon as possible so that I can go back to work to support my family and so that we can pay back our loan.”

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