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Success! Len from Cambodia raised $292 for cataract surgery.

Len
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$292
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Len's treatment was fully funded on November 10, 2016.

Photo of Len post-operation

November 14, 2016

Len successfully received restorative-vision surgery.

Baby Len’s lens aspiration surgery in each eye went well. His parents were given eye drops for Len to reduce inflammation and prevent bacterial infections. Len is back at home now and healing, and with some time, is expected to have a full restoration of his vision.

Len’s mother shares she feels very happy that her son can now see like other kids. “I won’t have to worry about his eyes having any problems in the future,” she says.

Baby Len's lens aspiration surgery in each eye went well. His parents were given eye drops for Len to reduce inflammation and prevent bacter...

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August 31, 2016

Three-month-old Len is the only child in his family. He and his parents live in Cambodia.

Len was born with a congenital cataract in each eye, which causes his lenses to be cloudy and he has poor vision. He traveled two hours with his parents to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), after a doctor at another hospital sent him here.

Eye doctors at CSC will perform a lens aspiration surgery to remove the clouded lens from each eye and prevent him from going blind. The treatment and surgery costs $292 and covers all of Len’s medical expenses. When he is a few years older, he will return to have an IOL implant in each eye.

Three-month-old Len is the only child in his family. He and his parents live in Cambodia. Len was born with a congenital cataract in each...

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Len's Timeline

  • August 31, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Len was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 31, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Len 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.

  • October 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Len's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 10, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Len's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 14, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Len's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Len'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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