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Success! Koeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can be social again.

Koeun
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Koeun's treatment was fully funded on October 7, 2021.

Photo of Koeun post-operation

August 4, 2021

Koeun underwent cataract surgery so she can be social again.

Koeun had successful cataract surgery and is thrilled with the outcome. She never imagined it could change her life so quickly. She can recognize the faces of her grandchildren and children and can visit the village pagoda once more.

Her daughter said: “My mom is so happy to have her eyesight improved. She is delighted that she can help around the house, and visit with neighbors again. Thank you for helping my mom to have this surgery.”

Koeun had successful cataract surgery and is thrilled with the outcome. She never imagined it could change her life so quickly. She can reco...

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June 22, 2021

Koeun is a 78-year-old woman with one son, six daughters, and 30 grandchildren. Her husband had passed away five years ago, so Koeun currently lives with her eldest daughter who is a teacher.

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

When Koeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On June 22, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

Koeun wants to be part of the social life again, “I hope my eye can see well again so I can see my family and join in ceremonies at the pagoda. I want to help my daughter cook and care for my grandchildren.”

Koeun is a 78-year-old woman with one son, six daughters, and 30 grandchildren. Her husband had passed away five years ago, so Koeun current...

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Koeun's Timeline

  • June 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Koeun 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.

  • June 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Koeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 4, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Koeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Koeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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