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Success! Lib from Cambodia raised $229 to fund vision-restoring eye surgery.

Lib
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lib's treatment was fully funded on January 19, 2021.

Photo of Lib post-operation

October 14, 2020

Lib underwent vision-restoring eye surgery.

Our medical partner shared an update on Lib and her surgery was a success. She can see clearly now and will be able to get around on her own.

Lib shared with a smile, “I am happy I can see well again. Now I can go outside, recognize my family, take care of myself, and even visit the pagoda.”

Our medical partner shared an update on Lib and her surgery was a success. She can see clearly now and will be able to get around on her own...

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August 4, 2020

Lib is a 79-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, one son, and five grandchildren. Her husband passed away twenty years ago. Now she is living with her niece, and she helps take care of her grandchildren. In her free time she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio.

Seven years ago, Lib developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Lib learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On August 4th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Lib said, “I hope after surgery I can see enough to get around the house easily, and recognize my family members. I want to be able to cook and help with housework too.”

Lib is a 79-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, one son, and five grandchildren. Her husband passed away twen...

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Lib's Timeline

  • August 4, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 4, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lib 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 5, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lib's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lib's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 19, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lib's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Lib'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.