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Success! Thouk from Cambodia raised $292 for surgery to restore her vision.

Thouk
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Thouk's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2016.

Photo of Thouk post-operation

October 18, 2016

Thouk successfully received vision-restorative surgery.

64-year-old Thouk is from Cambodia and a mother of one son, three daughters, and 17 grandchildren. One year ago, Thouk developed a cataract in each eye, which caused her blurred vision and tearing, and extreme sensitivity to light.

After traveling three hours with her daughter to reach Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), Thouk received cataract surgery in both of her eyes, restoring her vision entirely! Today Thouk says she feels much more comfortable, the tearing has stopped, and she can finally see clearly again.

“I feel very happy,” says Thouk, “I can see everything clear again so that I can easily do any work at home like clean and I can go anywhere outside on my own.”

64-year-old Thouk is from Cambodia and a mother of one son, three daughters, and 17 grandchildren. One year ago, Thouk developed a cataract ...

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August 3, 2016

Meet Thouk, a 64-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. Thouk is married and has one son, three daughters, and 17 grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys visiting the pagoda to join in ceremonies.

Thouk developed a cataract in each eye two years ago, causing her blurred vision and tearing. Her symptoms make it difficult for her to see clearly, do her work well, and go outside on her own.

In search of treatment, Thouk traveled three hours with her daughter to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Doctors at CSC determined that Thouk required small incision cataract surgery, during which the clouded lenses were removed and replaced with clear, intraocular lens implants.

Unable to afford the procedure, Thouk needs assistance to cover the $292 surgical cost. After her recovery, Thouk will be able to see clearly once again and return to the activities she enjoys.

Meet Thouk, a 64-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. Thouk is married and has one son, three daughters, and 17 grandchildren. In her free ...

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Thouk's Timeline

  • August 3, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thouk was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 3, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thouk 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.

  • September 7, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thouk's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thouk's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 18, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thouk's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Thouk'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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