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Success! Voeun from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery.

Voeun
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Voeun's treatment was fully funded on February 23, 2023.

Photo of Voeun post-operation

February 28, 2023

Voeun underwent cataract surgery.

Voeun was discouraged because she could not see well enough to help her daughter at home or cook for her grandchildren. A villager told her about our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre, where she traveled there for a diagnosis and treatment. After her surgery, she rested for a few days at home and applied eye drops to decrease any risk of infection. When her eyesight stabilizes, she will be able to return to her daily activities and care for her grandchildren, which is the highlight of her life.

Voeun shared: “I am so thrilled my eye is better. I am very grateful I can help my family by caring for my grandchildren and I can be more independent. Thank you to the doctors and everyone who helped so I can see well again. It makes me happy that I feel healthy.”

Voeun was discouraged because she could not see well enough to help her daughter at home or cook for her grandchildren. A villager told her ...

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October 4, 2022

Voeun is a proud 66 year old grandmother, with five daughters, and nine grandchildren. After her husband passed away, Voeun moved in with her youngest daughter, who is a teacher. Voeun used to work as a rice farmer, but due to changes in her vision, she can no longer do so.

Three years ago, Voeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her sensitivity to light, blurry vision, and tearing. As a result, in addition to being unable to work, Voeun also finds herself unable to help her daughter at home, leaving her feeling as if she is living a life without purpose.

When Voeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours to seek treatment. Thanks to their intervention, Voeun is scheduled for cataract surgery on October 4th, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, at which time the cataract will be removed, and an intraocular lens will be implanted in her eye. Voeun needs your help to fund the $253 to cover the costs of the surgery, which will enable her to return to a full and productive life.

Voeun said: “I hope I can see well enough to take care of myself well and go places on my own.”

Voeun is a proud 66 year old grandmother, with five daughters, and nine grandchildren. After her husband passed away, Voeun moved in with h...

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Voeun's Timeline

  • October 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Voeun 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 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Voeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 23, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Voeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 28, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Voeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Voeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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