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Success! Yen from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can see well again and regain her independence.

Yen
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yen's treatment was fully funded on April 14, 2022.

Photo of Yen post-operation

May 3, 2022

Yen underwent cataract surgery so she can see well again and regain her independence.

Yen traveled with her son to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre to undergo cataract surgery. Her procedure went well, and she has returned home with eye drops to continue her healing. Upon recovery, Yen’s vision will no longer be blurry or sensitive to light. She looks forward to being able to see well again so she can live more independently and visit the local pagoda.

Yen’s son shared, “We are relieved that my mother’s vision is better. She was not able to do anything at home but now she can help around the house and care for the young children. Thank you for helping to make her life better.”

Yen traveled with her son to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre to undergo cataract surgery. Her procedure went well, and she ha...

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January 17, 2022

Yen is a 65-year-old widowed rice farmer. She has two sons and six grandchildren. She shared that her husband passed away many years ago, so she lives with her youngest son. Yen no longer works in the rice field and instead enjoys playing with her grandchildren and listening to monks on her radio.

Two years ago, Yen developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, she is unable to go places on her own.

When Yen learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and half hours seeking treatment. On January 18th, doctors will perform 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.

Yen shared, “After surgery, I hope I will see well. I want to be able to go to the pagoda and take care of my grandchildren well.”

Yen is a 65-year-old widowed rice farmer. She has two sons and six grandchildren. She shared that her husband passed away many years ago, so...

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Yen's Timeline

  • January 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 18, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yen 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.

  • January 19, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 14, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yen's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.