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Success! Pheap from Cambodia raised $425 to fund vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Pheap
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  • $425 raised, $0 to go
$425
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Pheap's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Pheap post-operation

July 9, 2020

Pheap underwent vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Pheap’s cataract surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to check her visual acuity. She no longer experiences any irritation in her eye. Once she recovers she will have much improved vision and will enjoy increased independence in her daily activities.

Pheap shared, “I will be back to work soon, and I will enjoy taking a break and walking by the seawater. I like to find shells on the beach, but I couldn’t do that when my eye was bad. Now I can go where I like.”

Pheap's cataract surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to ch...

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June 3, 2020

Pheap is a 39-year old seafood seller from Cambodia. She lives with her husband and for children. Her oldest son is a construction worker, while the others are students. In addition to working long hours, she also spends time helping her children with their work. In her free time she like to watch Khmer dramas on TV.

Six months ago, Pheap developed a cataract in each eye, causing her to become partially blind. She feels constant irritation in her eyes. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Pheap learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On June 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure.

Pheap said, “When my eye surgery is successful, I can finally work again to get more money for my family, and I can recognize my children. They want their mom to be better.”

Pheap is a 39-year old seafood seller from Cambodia. She lives with her husband and for children. Her oldest son is a construction worker, w...

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Pheap's Timeline

  • June 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 3, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pheap 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.

  • June 4, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pheap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pheap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pheap's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Pheap's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$257
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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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26% funded

26%funded
$60raised
$170to go

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