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Ham from Cambodia raised $225 for surgery to restore his vision.

Ham
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
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$0
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Fully funded
Ham's treatment was fully funded on May 29, 2016.

Photo of Ham post-operation

July 6, 2016

Ham received successful cataract removal surgery.

Ham had one of his cataracts removed in a short surgery, during which his clouded lens was removed and replaced with a clear, artificial implant. Though he was scheduled to have both cataracts treated, he has yet to return to receive the second surgery.

For any number of reasons, it can take patients some time to return for follow-up care. Patients often live far away, or have important family matters that keep them from coming back to the clinic. Whenever Ham returns, his second surgery to remove the other cataract will be free.

Ham had one of his cataracts removed in a short surgery, during which his clouded lens was removed and replaced with a clear, artificial imp...

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May 9, 2016

Ham is a 65-year-old grandfather living in Cambodia with his family. He is married with six sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. Ham enjoys watching boxing on TV and traveling to the pagoda to listen to the monks pray.

Two years ago, Ham developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision. Since then, he has been unable to leave his home independently, watch boxing, or do any work he needs to do to help support his family.

Ham traveled for three hours with his wife to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). His doctors told him he was in need of a small incision cataract surgery (SCIS) and an intraocular lens implant (IOL) in each eye, which will replace his internal lenses with artificial lenses, and restore his vision to full clarity. In total, the procedure, supplies, drugs, and three days of inpatient care will cost $225.

After full recovery, Ham will have regained clear vision, and be able to do his work independently. “I hope I will be able to read and watch TV again,” he says, “and I look forward to leaving the house by myself.” His wife looks forward to his regained independence, and knowing that his vision will not deteriorate further.

Ham is a 65-year-old grandfather living in Cambodia with his family. He is married with six sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. Ha...

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Ham's Timeline

  • May 9, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ham was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 09, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Ham was scheduled to receive treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • May 23, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ham's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 29, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ham's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 06, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ham's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.