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

Choeun
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Choeun's treatment was fully funded on June 28, 2022.

Photo of Choeun post-operation

July 18, 2022

Choeun underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Choeun and his wife traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre, where he had surgery to remove his cataract and receive a new lens so he can see clearly again. After a night in the hospital, he was able to return home with orders to rest for a few days. His eye felt a bit dry for the first few days, but his sight has gradually improved. Choeun is so happy his blurry vision and photophobia will disappear, and he can resume his normal activities. This will improve his life because he will be able to volunteer with his village government, something he had to halt because he could not read. In addition, he can go back to growing rice, which supports his family.

Choeun’s son said: “We are relieved that my father’s vision is better. He was not able to do anything at home, but now he can work outside in the rice fields again to help our family. Thank you for making his life better.”

Choeun and his wife traveled to Children's Surgical Centre, where he had surgery to remove his cataract and receive a new lens so he can see...

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March 14, 2022

Choeun is married and has two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. His wife helps to take care of the house and cook for the family while Choeun is a rice farmer. He is also a volunteer in the village government. He likes to listen to the news and the monks pray on the radio after a long day outside.

Two years ago, Choeun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on his own.

When Choeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On March 14th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and 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.

He told us, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly again. Then I can go to the rice field and can join community events by myself.”

Choeun is married and has two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. His wife helps to take care of the house and cook for the family ...

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Choeun's Timeline

  • March 14, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 14, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Choeun 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.

  • March 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Choeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Choeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Choeun'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 Choeun'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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