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Success! Chanthou from Cambodia raised $425 to fund cataract surgery for both of her eyes.

Chanthou
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  • $425 raised, $0 to go
$425
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Chanthou's treatment was fully funded on September 2, 2020.

Photo of Chanthou post-operation

September 30, 2020

Chanthou underwent cataract surgery for both of her eyes.

Chanthou’s procedure was successful. Her mother has been given medicated eye drops, and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to check Chanthou’s vision and her healing. Once she has fully recovered, she will have much improved vision, and will no longer experience any irritation or pain. Our medical partner shared that now her eyesight will develop normally as she gets older.

Chanthou’s mother shared with a smile, “My daughter looks so happy now, and I am excited for her to see everything clearly for the first time.”

Chanthou's procedure was successful. Her mother has been given medicated eye drops, and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled t...

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August 7, 2020

Chanthou is a two-year-old child from Cambodia. She lives with her parents and her older brother. Her mother takes her everywhere, and she enjoys going for walks outside, listening to the radio, and playing with dolls. She is excited to start school someday.

At birth, Chanthou developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blindness and irritation. When Chanthou’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled there by taxi seeking treatment. On August 7th, doctors will perform lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure.

Chanthou’s mother said, “I have been so worried that my daughter will be blind for her whole life, so I am really happy to find this hospital that can help us with no cost. I think she will be so happy when she can see better.”

Chanthou is a two-year-old child from Cambodia. She lives with her parents and her older brother. Her mother takes her everywhere, and she e...

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Chanthou's Timeline

  • August 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 7, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chanthou 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.

  • August 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chanthou's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 2, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chanthou's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 30, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chanthou's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Chanthou's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$257
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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.