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Success! Mai from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract repair.

Mai
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  • $398 raised, $0 to go
$398
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mai's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Mai post-operation

August 21, 2017

Mai underwent cataract repair.

Mai’s eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. He will return for the same procedure in his left eye.

Mai says, “I am very happy that I can see everything clearly again so that I can continue my work as a farmer. I want to look after my grandchildren and walk anywhere outside by myself.”

Mai's eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye...

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August 3, 2017

Mai is a 66-year-old rice and crop farmer from Cambodia. He is married with three sons, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. In his spare time, Mai likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and watch concerts and music programs on TV.

About four years ago, Mai developed cataracts in both eyes. He has experienced blurred vision, cloudy lenses, tearing, and irritation. This makes it difficult for Mai to see things clearly, recognize faces, work, and to be independent.

Mai’s daughter learned about Watsi and our medical partner in Cambodia, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). They traveled for two and a half hours together to reach the care center.

CSC physicians recommend procedures to break up and remove the cataracts and place tiny, artificial lenses in each eye to improve Mai’s vision. They are seeking $398 to fund his care.

After treatment, Mai will be able to see clearly, regain his independence, and experience higher quality of life.

Mai is a 66-year-old rice and crop farmer from Cambodia. He is married with three sons, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. In his spare ...

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Mai's Timeline

  • August 3, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mai was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 3, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mai 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.

  • August 21, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 21, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mai's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Mai'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.