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

Oun
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Oun's treatment was fully funded on March 10, 2021.

Photo of Oun post-operation

March 16, 2021

Oun underwent cataract surgery.

Our medical partner shared that Oun’s eye surgery was a success and all went smoothly. He traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for his cataract surgery and after a short period of monitoring after surgery, Oun was able to return home. He is already seeing well again and was thrilled with the results. He thanked the surgeons and staff of CSC for helping him to regain his vision. His family is relieved that they no longer have to worry about him and he can be independent again.

Oun shared, “I’m feeling better and so happy that I can see well. I can help more around the house, and take care of my grandchildren now.”

Our medical partner shared that Oun's eye surgery was a success and all went smoothly. He traveled to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for h...

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December 24, 2020

Oun is a 60-year-old rice farmer along with his wife. Together that have two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. In his free time Oun shared that he enjoys listening to the news and monks pray on the radio.

Oun has developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Oun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour by taxi with his son seeking treatment. On December 24th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Oun said, “After my surgery, I want to see clearly again so I can keep planting rice and take care of myself for many more years.”

Oun is a 60-year-old rice farmer along with his wife. Together that have two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. In his free time...

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Oun's Timeline

  • December 24, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Oun was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Oun 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 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Oun's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Oun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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