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Success! Oeu from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

Oeu
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$292
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$0
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Fully funded
Oeu's treatment was fully funded on May 12, 2017.

Photo of Oeu post-operation

March 1, 2017

Oeu underwent successful cataract surgery.

Oeu’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation.

Oeu says, “I am very happy that I can see everything clearly again. I can help my family at home and go anywhere by myself.”

Oeu's eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given e...

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January 23, 2017

Oeu is a 65-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. She likes to read the Bible and do housework.

Oeu developed a cataract in each eye about one year ago, resulting in blurred vision, itchy eyes, cloudy lenses, and photophobia, or extreme sensitivity to light. As a result, it is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any type of work, or go anywhere on her own.

On January 23, at the Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, Oeu will undergo a phacoemulsification procedure, through which her cataracts will be broken up with ultrasound and removed. She will also have a new intraocular lens implanted in each eye. After this treatment, Oeu will be able to see clearly again.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $292 for Oeu’s treatment, which will pay for her surgery, medications, and four nights in the hospital.

Oeu says, “I hope to be able to see more clearly so that I can help my family do some work, like cook, clean, and take care of my grandchildren. I also want to read easily and go to the pagoda or anywhere else by myself.”

Oeu is a 65-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. She likes to read the Bib...

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Oeu's Timeline

  • January 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 23, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Oeu 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.

  • January 24, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oeu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 1, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Oeu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 12, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Oeu's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Oeu's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.