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Success! Min from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Min
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Min's treatment was fully funded on October 8, 2021.

Photo of Min post-operation

October 14, 2021

Min underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Min had successful surgery to improve her vision! After she was able to open her eye, she expressed joy at her ability to see colors once again. Her improved eyesight gives Min the freedom to go outside, shop, and cook for her family and do housework.

Min said: “I am so happy to have better eyesight; I was afraid I would soon be blind. I can go outside and visit relatives and neighbors. Thank you to the doctors and people who helped me have this surgery.”

Min had successful surgery to improve her vision! After she was able to open her eye, she expressed joy at her ability to see colors once ag...

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September 14, 2021

Min is a 66-year-old homemaker with one daughter, four sons, and seven grandchildren. She lives with her husband, who is an administrative officer, and with her oldest daughter who works as a food seller. Listening to the news and the monks praying on the radio are some of Min’s favorite things to do.

Three months ago, Min developed a cataract in her right eye, causing blurry vision and photophobia. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. Her limited vision has prevented her from cooking, as well.

When Min learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled an hour seeking treatment. On September 14th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, Min will be able to see clearly once more. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Min shared, “I hope that after surgery, I can see clearly, I can go outside, and I will recognize my relatives. I also want to help my daughter with her business.”

Min is a 66-year-old homemaker with one daughter, four sons, and seven grandchildren. She lives with her husband, who is an administrative o...

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Min's Timeline

  • September 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Min 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 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Min's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 8, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Min's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Min's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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