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Success! Rithsamoeun from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

Rithsamoeun
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$398
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Fully funded
Rithsamoeun's treatment was fully funded on May 1, 2018.

Photo of Rithsamoeun post-operation

March 8, 2018

Rithsamoeun underwent cataract surgery.

Rithsamoeun has returned home after a successful operation. As per his doctor’s instructions, he had one eye done, and will need to return in a few weeks to have surgery on the other eye. Surgery will allow him to work and go about daily life with improved vision. His doctor looks forward to seeing him again in a couple weeks.

He says, “I hope I can see clearly so that I can continue my work in my village again with the improved vision.”

Rithsamoeun has returned home after a successful operation. As per his doctor's instructions, he had one eye done, and will need to return i...

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March 4, 2018

Rithsamoeun is a government worker from Cambodia. He has two sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren.

Five years ago, Rithsamoeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Rithsamoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for half an hour seeking treatment. On March 5, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure.

He says, “I hope I can see everything clearly after the surgery. I want to continue my work as chief of my village again with improved vision.”

Rithsamoeun is a government worker from Cambodia. He has two sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Five years ago, Rithsamoeun deve...

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Rithsamoeun's Timeline

  • March 4, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rithsamoeun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 05, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rithsamoeun received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 06, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rithsamoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 08, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rithsamoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rithsamoeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Rithsamoeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Sar

Sar is a four-year-old girl from Thailand who lives with her parents and three sisters. Her mother is a homemaker, looking after household chores, while her father works as an agriculture day laborer. In her spare time, Sar likes to play with toys with her friends. Seven months ago, when Sar was on the way to buy snacks, a hen suddenly flew over to her and poked her right eye, protecting her baby chickens. Although Sar's eye turned red, her parents did not take her to any hospitals. They bought eye drops for her, but the medicine did not make her feel any better. Sar underwent a CT scan at Mae Sot Hospital but the doctor was not able to help her. She was referred to Chiang Mai and there she underwent an MRI. After the MRI, the doctor recommended surgery to remove her right eye. She received enucleation of her eye on July 25th, 2019. After enucleation, the doctor recommended an MRI to see if there is any problem post operation. She is now admitting in the hospital and will undergo the MRI on 25th February, 2020. Doctors want Sar to have an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs, to help them continue to follow an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $968 to cover the cost of Sar's MRI and care, scheduled for February 25th. Sar's father said, "My daughter is healthy and playing happily with friends after we came back from treatment in Chiang Mai. The doctor told me that they will do MRI for my daughter to check if there is any abnormal growth or problem after surgery and if there is no problem after the MRI result, the doctor will implant an artificial eye in the next eight month for my daughter."

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