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

Va
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Va's treatment was fully funded on July 26, 2021.

Photo of Va post-operation

June 24, 2021

Va underwent cataract surgery and will be more independent now.

Va had successful cataract surgery at our medical partner CSC. He will use eye drops to lubricate his eye and prevent infection as he heals, but he already has improved vision as a result of the surgery. Va no longer has blurred vision and can now be outside in the sun. Va will be able to help his family at their farm and drive his motorbike to visit the community pagoda on holy days.

His wife said, “I am so happy Va is more independent. He can take care of himself, and go anywhere he wants without having someone help him.”

Va had successful cataract surgery at our medical partner CSC. He will use eye drops to lubricate his eye and prevent infection as he heals,...

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May 10, 2021

Va is a 73-year-old farmer with two sons, four daughters, and 13 grandchildren. Va does not go to the rice field much anymore due to his vision and age. Nowadays, he plants vegetables around his home and likes to listen to the news on the radio.

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

When Va learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On May 10th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Va shared, “I hope after surgery I can see well again so I can plant rice and vegetables easily, and drive my motorcycle to the pagoda for the holy days.”

Va is a 73-year-old farmer with two sons, four daughters, and 13 grandchildren. Va does not go to the rice field much anymore due to his vis...

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Va's Timeline

  • May 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Va 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 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Va's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Va's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 26, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Va's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Va'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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Dora is a teenager studying in class six and her best subjects are English and Swahili. Once she completes her studies, Dora has dreams to become a teacher. At home, she is the seventh oldest of her mother's eleven children. Dora's father has three wives, so Dora has twenty siblings total. Dora likes helping her mother with home chores, such as washing dishes and keeping their home clean. Dora's parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetable, and they also have a few cattle that they depend on for milk. Dora was diagnosed with left genu valgus, a condition typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, her left leg is bowed so that her knees touch, thus making walking difficult. Dora has to walk forty minutes one way to and from school everyday, so this condition poses a significant barrier to Dora continuing her education and pursuing her aspirations. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Dora. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 15th. Treatment will hopefully restore Dora's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Dora shares her current condition, "When I walk to school my leg pains so much there are days I am unable to put weight on the leg especially when it’s cold. Please help me."

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$777raised
$103to go

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