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

Thy
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Fully funded
Thy's treatment was fully funded on August 21, 2020.

Photo of Thy post-operation

July 2, 2020

Thy underwent cataract surgery.

Thy’s surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. Her vision will improve and after recovery she will no longer experience any irritation in her eye.

Her mother shared, “I am happy to see my daughter’s eyesight improve. She can do things by herself now, and I will also be happy to go back to rice field with her to work on next year’s crops.”

Thy's surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. Her vision will...

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May 7, 2020

Thy is a 48-year-old unmarried rice farmer from Cambodia. She lives with her mother. Her father passed away when she was a child, so she does most of the work planting and harvesting. In her free time, Thy likes taking care of her mother, listening to music on the radio, and watching Khmer dramas on TV.

One year ago, Thy developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Thy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On May 7th, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

Thy said, “It is hard to do fieldwork and take care of my mother with this problem, but after this surgery I will be able to do my tasks better than ever.”

Thy is a 48-year-old unmarried rice farmer from Cambodia. She lives with her mother. Her father passed away when she was a child, so she doe...

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Thy's Timeline

  • May 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thy was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • May 7, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thy 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.

  • May 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 2, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

Shallon is a farmer from Uganda. She completed primary school class six and then had to leave school. Together with her husband, they have 6 children, including a set of twins. They live in a two-roomed mud-built house. Their firstborn child is 14 years old while the last borns are in junior class and aged 5 years. Shallon and her husband work hard to meet all the daily needs of their family. During her free time, she enjoys tending to her family and spending time with her children. Shallon is currently expecting twins. Her doctors recommend that she deliver via a Caesarean section because she has a twin pregnancy, and one of the twins is lying transversely, or sideways. Shallon received a full antenatal package at a local health centre and when she drew closer to the expected day of delivery, she came to Rushoroza Hospital. She was reviewed and surgery was recommended. An attempt to deliver normally could rupture Shallon's uterus. She is not able to meet the cost of surgery and is appealing for help. By delivering her babies via C-section, doctors can ensure the safety of both mother and children. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Shallon undergo a C-Section on August 18th. This procedure will cost $207, and Shallon requests your support. Shallon says, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will resume farming alongside my husband as soon as I get well to be able to continue supporting and taking good care of my family.”

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