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Success! Chron from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

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

Photo of Chron post-operation

January 4, 2022

Chron underwent sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Chron had successful surgery to remove the cataract that had caused his vision to deteriorate. A day after the surgery, his vision has already improved. The pandemic has been hard on his family, so thanks to this procedure, Chron is able to work again to grow food for his family and improve their life.

Chron said: “I am so relieved my eyesight will be better. I will be able to fish and farm to make money again to support my family. Thank you!”

Chron had successful surgery to remove the cataract that had caused his vision to deteriorate. A day after the surgery, his vision has alrea...

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October 27, 2021

Chron is a 58-year-old rice farmer. He has two daughters, three sons, and three grandchildren. Chron lives with his wife who is also a farmer and their youngest daughter who is in school. Chron also goes fishing at times to earn extra income for their family.

Three years ago, Chron developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, and itchiness. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and now going places outside.

When Chron learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 27th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and will place an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Chron says, “I hope my eye can see clearly after surgery so I can go back to the rice field to help my wife and go fishing again.”

Chron is a 58-year-old rice farmer. He has two daughters, three sons, and three grandchildren. Chron lives with his wife who is also a farme...

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Chron's Timeline

  • October 27, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 27, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chron 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 29, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chron's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chron's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chron's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Chron'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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74%funded
$1,122raised
$378to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Su

Su is 10-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. Both of her parents work for a community based organization helping others in their area. In her free time, Su likes to draw pictures and play with her friends. Su was born with clubfeet and a dislocated hip. She received corrective surgery in Chiang Mai with the help of our medical partner BCMF after she was born. During her last visit to the hospital when she was young, the doctor told her mother that they only had to return to the hospital when she outgrew her clubfeet correction shoes. However, her parents could never bring her back. In additional to financial constraints, their legal documents expired, and later when they had legal documents, they could not go to Chiang Mai due to covid-19 travel restrictions. In June 2022, Su started to experience pain in her right foot whenever she walked more than 10 minutes. She also experienced pain in her right hip for the first time when she walked. The doctor at Mae Sot Hospital diagnosed her with a dislocated hip and referred her to the larger hospital Chiang Mai for further treatment. In October an MRI was performed for Su and it was determined that she may need two surgeries: one for hrt hip and another for her clubfeet condition. The first surgery is for a hip replacement and the doctor scheduled her for surgery on November 25th so she can be out of pain as quickly as possible. Her family needs $1500 for her hip replacement surgery. Su's father said, "I am hopeful for my daughter to receive surgery soon. After surgery, I hope that she will be able to walk like other children and she will not be shy when she grows up. Now, when she goes to school, some of her friends tease her that she cannot walk properly like other children."

74% funded

74%funded
$1,122raised
$378to go