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Bunthouen is a small-scale farmer and soccer fan from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

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August 3, 2020

Bunthouen is a 58-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. He lives with his whole family, and he and his children work on their farm together. He is an avid fan of soccer, and when he is not working, he watches matches on TV, plays soccer with his friends, or travels to watch soccer matches.

Three years ago, Bunthouen developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him Blurry vision and photophobia. These symptoms have worsened in the past few weeks. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Bunthouen learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours by taxi seeking treatment. On August 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs your help to fund this $229 procedure.

Bunthouen shared, “I miss being able to work with my children, so I hope I can recover from this surgery quickly and see everything well, this way no one will have to worry about me as well.”

Bunthouen is a 58-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. He lives with his whole family, and ...

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Bunthouen's Timeline

  • August 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bunthouen 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.

  • August 04, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bunthouen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 24, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Bunthouen's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Bunthouen is currently raising funds for his treatment.

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