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Success! Chhay from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve his vision.

Chhay
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Chhay's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2021.

Photo of Chhay post-operation

January 5, 2022

Chhay underwent cataract surgery to improve his vision.

It was hard for Chhay to imagine he would have poor vision for the rest of his life. He took the recommendation of his niece and traveled to CSC for eye surgery. Chhay has a successful surgery and after a brief period of rest, he will return to his province to recover. Chhay is excited to have better eyesight, as he will be able to return to growing crops to support and feed his family.

Chhay’s wife said: “We are grateful to the donors who supported Chhay to have this surgery. He can recognize family faces, go outside, and plant crops around the house to make money. He can be more independent and feels good about himself again.”

It was hard for Chhay to imagine he would have poor vision for the rest of his life. He took the recommendation of his niece and traveled to...

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October 29, 2021

Chhay is a 76-year-old rice farmer who is married and has one son, one daughter, and one grandson. Chhay lives with his wife and his children, who are garment workers. In his free time, Chhay likes to listen to the monks pray and the news on the radio.

One year ago, Chhay developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him sensitivity to light and blurry vision. When Chhay learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled across the country for seven hours seeking treatment. On October 29th, 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 help to fund this $229 procedure.

Chhay shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly again so I can see my grandson’s face well and can go to the pagoda with my wife.”

Chhay is a 76-year-old rice farmer who is married and has one son, one daughter, and one grandson. Chhay lives with his wife and his childre...

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Chhay's Timeline

  • October 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhay 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.

  • October 29, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhay's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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