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Success! Voeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so he can keep working.

Voeun
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Voeun's treatment was fully funded on October 8, 2021.

Photo of Voeun post-operation

October 14, 2021

Voeun underwent cataract surgery so he can keep working.

Voeun had successful surgery to remove his cataract. He’ll continue his post-op care and rest for several days. He is thrilled with the results and looks forward to being more independent.

His son said: “My father is so relieved that he did not lose his eyesight forever. He is a proud man and felt very bad he could not see well to support the family. We are grateful to those who helped him restore his vision with this procedure.”

Voeun had successful surgery to remove his cataract. He'll continue his post-op care and rest for several days. He is thrilled with the resu...

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September 6, 2021

Voeun is a 62-year-old widowed rice farmer. He’s a dad of six and now also has four grandchildren. His wife passed away five years ago from liver disease. Voeun lives with his youngest son, who is also a farmer. He goes to the rice field sometimes, but it is difficult for him to see because of his cataract. When he is home, he likes to listen to the news and monk prayers on the radio.

Three years ago, Voeun developed a cataract in his left eye causing him sensitivity to light and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Voeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 6th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Voeun shared, “I hope I can see clearly again after surgery. I can go to the rice field with my son. I would like to plant a garden around my house to earn money and support my living.”

Voeun is a 62-year-old widowed rice farmer. He's a dad of six and now also has four grandchildren. His wife passed away five years ago from ...

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Voeun's Timeline

  • September 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Voeun 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.

  • September 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Voeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 8, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Voeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Voeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Voeun'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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91%funded
$1,084raised
$101to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

James

James is former motorbike taxi driver from Kenya. He's married and is the father of two children 13 and 6 years old. James' wife is works part-time on a rice farm in their hometown. The family currently lives in a rental house paid for by their local church pastor. In November 2017, James was in a motorbike accident. Due to the accident, he lost his job, and he shared that his life became one revolving around experiencing pain and constant hospital visits. He underwent surgery on his broken leg in a nearby health facility in his hometown. Following the procedure he had a challenging recovery due to infections, causing him sleepless nights and visits to different healthcare facilities. James was finally referred to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital where he underwent several treatments in May. James returned home but later came back to the hospital with a wounded leg that was in bad shape with an exposed bone. The doctors originally admitted James for repair surgery, but determined he needed a below-knee amputation which took place in mid-June. James still experiences a lot of pain, so the surgeon recommend he undergo another round of intense debridement in the amputated area to remove his damaged tissue and help him to finally heal. James has national health insurance, which supported his two major surgeries, but his coverage has been depleted and will not support the care he needs now. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping James receive treatment. On June 25th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to prevent the spread of infection and speed up his recovery. Now, James needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. James wishes to be free from pain, “I, unfortunately, lost my leg due to a sudden amputation, and I am still in shock. I will never be able to use both legs again. I am still in a lot of pain and the wound needs another procedure for me to be well. I need to get out of the hospital and figure out how to take care of my family with my current condition.”

91% funded

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$1,084raised
$101to go