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

Ouk
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ouk's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2020.

Photo of Ouk post-operation

July 9, 2020

Ouk underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Ouk’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. Once she has fully recovered, Ouk will have improved vision and will enjoy increased independence.

Ouk shared, “Thank you to the doctors of this hospital for making my eyesight better. I hope I can take care of myself better now, go everywhere by myself, so my daughter doesn’t have to work so hard.”

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

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June 1, 2020

Ouk is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married with three sons and three daughters. She lives with her fifth daughter and spends most of her time at home taking care of her grandchildren.

She started to have blurred vision about one year ago as she found it hard to recognize something well. Sometimes she has tearing and finds hard to go outside because of photophobia. Ouk had developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia.

When Ouk learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for more than threehours by taxi seeking treatment. On June 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Her daughter says, “I feel unhappy to see things for my mother are difficult. I look forward to her feeling better and having her independence.”

Ouk is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married with three sons and three daughters. She lives with her fifth daughter and sp...

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Ouk's Timeline

  • June 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 1, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ouk 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 2, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ouk's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ouk's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 24, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ouk's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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

San is a 38-year-old woman who lives with her daughter and two sons in a village near Mae Sot, Thailand. San’s two sons work as agricultural day labourers on a farm. San’s daughter is a second grade student. San stopped working on the farm about four months ago when she first developed problems with her vision. The money that her two sons earn is not enough to cover their household expenses and pay for her daughter’s school fees since she stopped working. They have had to borrow money to pay for basics like food. San has cataract and glaucoma. Currently, San has lost most of her vision in her right eye. Her right eye is painful and always waters. If she tries to focus her vision to make out someone’s face, her eyes will hurt, and she develops a headache. In her free time, San like to clean her house and plant vegetables. She said, “I hope that I will get better soon so that I can go back to work and pay back my debts. I want to support my daughter so that she can become an educated person. I want to live happily with my family for the rest of my life.” Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for San. On February 22nd, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove San's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. San said, “I am so upset that my condition worsens every day. I cannot sleep well because I am worried about what will happen if I do not get better. I am upset that I cannot work and my two sons have to work and support me. I feel so sad for my two sons.’’

71% funded

71%funded
$1,075raised
$425to go

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