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Success! Thou from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

Thou
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Thou's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Thou post-operation

July 28, 2017

Thou underwent cataract surgery.

Her eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. She will return soon for the same surgery on her right eye.

Thou says, “I am very happy that I can see everything clearly again because I want to go to the pagoda easily and I don’t want to have anymore pain. I can go anywhere outside by myself well without needing to disturb others to take care of me anymore.”

Her eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye ...

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April 4, 2017

Thou is a 60-year-old woman from Cambodia. In her free time, she enjoys listening to monks praying on the radio and participating in ceremonies at the pagoda.

About three months ago, Thou developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused her to experience blurred vision, pain, and tearing. As a result, it is difficult for her to see things clearly, and she worries about the future deterioration of her vision.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $292 to fund a phaco procedure and an intraocular lens implant for each of Thou’s eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on April 4 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Thou’s vision and allow her to live more comfortably.

Thou is a 60-year-old woman from Cambodia. In her free time, she enjoys listening to monks praying on the radio and participating in ceremon...

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Thou's Timeline

  • April 4, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thou was submitted by Korng Hout, Accountant at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 04, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thou 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.

  • July 27, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thou's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thou's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thou's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Thou'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.