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Success! Yan from Cambodia raised $292 to fund eye surgery.

Yan
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$292
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$0
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Fully funded
Yan's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Yan post-operation

April 10, 2017

Yan underwent eye surgery.

Yan’s eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye drops to reduce inflammation.

Yan says, “I feel so happy that my eye can see everything more clearly than before. Now I can see faces, read letters, and go anywhere outside more easily than before.”

Yan's eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye...

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March 27, 2017

Yan is an 82-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married with one daughter and eleven grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and read books on Buddhism.

About two years ago, Yan developed cataracts in each of his eyes, causing him partial blindness, tearing, and cloudy lenses. Because of his eye condition, he has difficulty seeing clearly, which impacts his independence and ability to do work.

Yan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. He traveled for three hours with his grandson to reach CSC for treatment. On March 27, Yan will undergo small incision cataract surgery (SICS) and intraocular lens implantation in each eye. After recovery, Yan will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $292 to fund this procedure.

Yan is an 82-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married with one daughter and eleven grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks pray on the r...

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Yan's Timeline

  • March 27, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 27, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yan 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.

  • March 28, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Yan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.

Elkana

Elkana is a cheerful and friendly man from Kenya. He is the fourth born in a family of seven. He attended school up until class seven but had to end his studies due to financial constraints. He now works as a farmer and has a small piece of land on which he plants maize and potatoes, primarily to feed him and his family. To earn money, he works as a casual laborer, working on people's farms, as well as doing work such as clearing bushes and carrying loads. Until now, his wife has worked alongside him, but she has stopped working because she is currently pregnant. On July 16th, Elkana was brought to our medical partner's care center after being involved in a road traffic accident involving a lorry, or large truck, and a tractor. This accident left many people injured, including Elkana. He experienced a fracture of his left femur and is now experiencing pain. He is also unable to walk or stand. Without treatment, he will not be able to return to work and provide for his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 19th, Elkana will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After surgery, he will be able to use his leg again, return to work, and continue providing for his family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Elkana shares, ”My family depends on me for their daily needs, so it is really difficult for them. Kindly help me so that I may lead a normal life once again.”

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