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Success! Kroy from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Kroy
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kroy's treatment was fully funded on February 26, 2022.

Photo of Kroy post-operation

March 14, 2022

Kroy underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Kroy and his daughter traveled to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment of his cataract. He spent one night in the hospital after surgery and then was able to take the long trip home with prescription eyedrops that he will use to aid in healing. Kroy is grateful that he will be able to see well enough to spend time outside planting vegetables to support and feed his family.

Kroy’s daughter said: “Our family is everything to my father, and he felt very bad he could not contribute to our family when he could not see well. Now he can be more independent. Thank you to the CSC staff and the donors who helped my father see again.”

Kroy and his daughter traveled to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment of his cataract. He spent one night in ...

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February 22, 2022

Kroy is a 75-year-old farmer. He has one son, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. Kroy shared that his wife passed away a while ago, and he now lives with his youngest daughter, who is also a farmer. When he has free time, Kroy likes to visit his relatives.

Around five years ago, Kroy developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he cannot go places independently.

When Kroy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for eight hours seeking treatment. On February 22nd, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Kroy said, “After surgery, I hope I can go around by myself well and plant some vegetables outside my house.”

Kroy is a 75-year-old farmer. He has one son, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. Kroy shared that his wife passed away a while ago, and...

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Kroy's Timeline

  • February 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 22, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kroy 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.

  • February 23, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kroy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 26, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kroy's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kroy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Kroy'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Ma Win

Ma Win is an 18-year-old girl who lives with her parents, sister and brother-in-law in Yangon, Burma. Ma Win’s sister works at a clothing factory, while her brother-in-law works as a day laborer. Her parents are homemakers. Before Ma Win's current illness, she also worked at a factory. When Ma Win was four years old, she experienced a bout of high fever, and was brought to the local clinic. She received an injection, and the doctor informed her parents that she was born with a heart problem. However, she was too young at the time for corrective surgery. Instead, she was sent home with medication, and appeared to be doing well until this past year. In April, Ma Win began experiencing chest pains, high fever and difficulty breathing. She went to a clinic, and received an x-ray and an echocardiogram. After the doctor checked her results, she was diagnosed with an opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart. The doctor told her and her family that she would need to have surgery. When Ma Win explained to the doctor that her family could not afford to pay for the surgery, she was referred to the abbot of a local monastery, who provided the family with information about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Now Ma Win is scheduled for cardiac surgery on October 23rd at Pun Hlaing Hospital. After she has recovered, she should no longer experience chest pains or difficulty breathing, and she won't have to worry any longer about her condition. She will also be able to return to work, which will help ease her family's financial burdens. Now she needs your help to raise $1,500 to cover the cost of her procedure. Ma Win said: “I am scared to receive surgery, but my mother tries to encourage me. However, I am very happy that I will be able to receive treatment with your help. I would like to say thank you so much to all the donors.”

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