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Success! Ry from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring surgery.

Ry
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ry's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2021.

Photo of Ry post-operation

January 5, 2022

Ry underwent sight-restoring surgery.

Ry expected that she would live the remainder of her life with limited vision. When she was able to open her eyes after surgery, she was delighted. Ry can now recognize faces and can go outside without help. She looks forward to visiting the local pagoda to listen to the monks pray.

Ry’s daughter said, “We are so relieved my mother’s eyesight will be better. She can help around the house, and feel useful again. Thank you to the CSC staff for caring for my mother and to those who donated to help her have this procedure.”

Ry expected that she would live the remainder of her life with limited vision. When she was able to open her eyes after surgery, she was del...

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November 1, 2021

Ry is a 75-year-old farmer who proudly has two daughters. She lives with her youngest daughter who works at a phone shop. Ry’s husband passed away during the Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia. When at home, Ry enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Ry developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ry learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 1st, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, Ry will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to help fund this procedure.

Ry shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly so I can outside by myself, be independent, and do my work well.”

Ry is a 75-year-old farmer who proudly has two daughters. She lives with her youngest daughter who works at a phone shop. Ry's husband passe...

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Ry's Timeline

  • November 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ry 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.

  • November 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ry's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ry's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ry's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Ry'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.