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

Man
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Man's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2020.

Photo of Man post-operation

July 2, 2020

Man underwent cataract surgery.

Man’s surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. After recovery, she will have improved vision and increased independence.

Man shared, “I can see everything better already, and I am happy that my sight will only get better. Now I can go to places by myself and my husband does not have to help me go everywhere.”

Man's surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. After recovery,...

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May 8, 2020

Man is a 70-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has five daughters, four sons, and twenty grandchildren. She likes to spend time with her grandchildren everyday, and enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio and visiting the pagoda.

Two years ago, Man developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her loss of vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Man learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On May 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Man’s husband said, “I worry about my wife’s eyes. I hope for her to be able to walk to the pagoda whenever she wants. She wants to cook food, spend more time with her grandchildren, and be more independent.”

Man is a 70-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has five daughters, four sons, and twenty grandchildren. She likes to spend time with he...

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Man's Timeline

  • May 8, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Man was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 08, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Man 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.

  • May 11, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Man's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Man's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Man's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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