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Success! Pok from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a cataract surgery.

Pok
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pok's treatment was fully funded on February 26, 2021.

Photo of Pok post-operation

February 28, 2021

Pok underwent a cataract surgery.

Pok’s surgery was successful and she is relieved to be able to see clearly again. Her son was happy she could be more independent now that she can see better and it will be so much easier for her to walk. She plans to visit her children and grandchildren and enjoy taking care of them.

Pok shared: “I feel very happy now that I can do more like go outside and recognize people. I can take care of myself and my grandchildren, and go to join a ceremony at the pagoda now that I can see better.”

Pok's surgery was successful and she is relieved to be able to see clearly again. Her son was happy she could be more independent now that s...

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December 1, 2020

Pok is an 84-year-old mother of nine from Cambodia. She has four sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. For her whole life, Pok worked as a rice and bean farmer, but now spends her time at home looking after her grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio.

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

When Pok learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour by tuk tuk with her daughter seeking treatment. On December 1st, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place 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.

Pok shared, “I just want to see my relatives clearly and look after myself well.”

Pok is an 84-year-old mother of nine from Cambodia. She has four sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. For her whole life, Pok worke...

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Pok's Timeline

  • December 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Pok was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 01, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pok received 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.

  • December 03, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 26, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pok's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 28, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pok's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Pok'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.