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Success! Yan from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so he can see clearly again.

Yan
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$253
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$0
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Fully funded
Yan's treatment was fully funded on July 27, 2022.

Photo of Yan post-operation

August 3, 2022

Yan underwent cataract surgery so he can see clearly again.

Yan and his wife traveled to our medical partner CSC for diagnosis and treatment of his poor vision. He had successful surgery to remove the cataract and was able to return home after post-operative care in the hospital. He will rest at home, and apply antibiotic eye drops to decrease the risk of infection. It may take several weeks before his vision is fully improved, but Yan is hopeful his eyesight will be better and he can go outside without fear of falling. This will help him be more independent so he can help his family.

Yan’s wife said: “We are happy Yan can see better, and he can visit the pagoda for ceremonies by himself. He feels more useful, and we are very grateful to all who paid for his surgery.”

Yan and his wife traveled to our medical partner CSC for diagnosis and treatment of his poor vision. He had successful surgery to remove the...

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June 2, 2022

Yan is a 73-year-old rice farmer who is married and has three daughters and three grandchildren. Yan is now retired, and he and his wife live with and are supported by their youngest daughter, who is a garment worker. At home, he enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Three years ago, Yan developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him sensitivity to light, blurry vision, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he is not able to go places on his own.

When Yan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 2nd, doctors will perform a small incision 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 $253 procedure.

Yan shared, “I hope after surgery I can see better. I want to go outside by myself, see the people I know, and visit the ceremonies in my village pagoda.”

Yan is a 73-year-old rice farmer who is married and has three daughters and three grandchildren. Yan is now retired, and he and his wife liv...

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Yan's Timeline

  • June 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yan 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.

  • June 3, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yan's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yan'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 $253 for Yan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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.