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Success! Aisas from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery and keep working.

Aisas
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Aisas's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Aisas post-operation

December 27, 2021

Aisas underwent cataract surgery and can continue working now.

Aisas was worried she would be blind for the rest of her life, and a burden to her family. When she was able to open her eye after surgery, she was thrilled to be able to see again. She will rest for a few days, her eye will heal, and she will be able to work again to support her family.

Her daughter said: “We were so worried my mother would become totally blind, but are relieved that she can see again. Thank you to all who helped my mother see again. We want her to have a better life.”

Aisas was worried she would be blind for the rest of her life, and a burden to her family. When she was able to open her eye after surgery, ...

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September 16, 2021

Aisas is a 63-year-old sandwich seller. She is divorced and has a daughter and four grandchildren. She lives with her daughter and grandchildren, and her daughter works in a garment factory. Aisas is blind in her left eye and sees poorly out of her right eye. She spends most of her time at home, but likes to visit the local mosque.

One year ago, Aisas developed a cataract in her right eye causing her blurry vision. She cannot see in bright or low light. She also has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Aisas learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there seeking treatment. On September 16th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Aisas shared, “I hope I can see again after surgery. I want to go back to selling sandwiches and help my daughter to take care of my grandchildren.”

Aisas is a 63-year-old sandwich seller. She is divorced and has a daughter and four grandchildren. She lives with her daughter and grandchil...

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Aisas's Timeline

  • September 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aisas 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.

  • September 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aisas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aisas's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 27, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aisas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Aisas'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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Lydia is a small-scale farmer and a mother of seven. Her husband is also a small-scale farmer and their eldest child is now 50 years old. They own a four-room mud house and work hard to try to make ends meet for their family. Over 20 years ago, Lydia began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck pains and a small swelling which she initially thought would disappear on its own but it did not. Currently, she suffers from airway obstruction and can no longer climb hills comfortably. She very much likes playing and dancing (traditional dances) with her grandchildren but no longer does so comfortably in her current condition. She was scheduled for a surgery appointment at Kabale Referral Hospital about four months ago, but had to cancel because she was unable to raise the funds for surgery. She has now come to Rushoroza Hospital to seek treatment for her multi-nodular goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Lydia receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 14th. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and Lydia and her family need help raising money. Lydia says, “I hope to finally get relieved of the goitre through surgery because I have lived in this undesirable condition for quite long. I hope to continue with farming comfortably after my treatment.”

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