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Success! Phat from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Phat
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Phat's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2022.

Photo of Phat post-operation

March 11, 2022

Phat underwent cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Phat and her daughter knew our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre from a surgery that her late husband had, so they had the confidence that Phat would be well taken care of. After surgery, she stayed in the hospital until surgeons were sure she was healing well. She’s happy to be returning home to care for her grandchildren while her daughter works on the farm.

Phat said: “I feel relieved my eye is better. I can go outside without help and am not worried I will fall. I want to visit my neighbors and our pagoda and now I can do that. Thank you to those I don’t know who helped this old woman have some good years left with my family!”

Phat and her daughter knew our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre from a surgery that her late husband had, so they had the confiden...

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January 10, 2022

Phat is a 70-year-old mother of seven, with three sons, four daughters, and now many grandchildren. Sadly, her husband died two years ago from hypertension and now she lives with her younger daughter, who works as a farmer. She likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and take care of her grandchildren.

Two years ago, Phat developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and sensitivity to light. She has difficulty walking due to her poor vision, and also has difficulty recognizing faces and going anywhere outside.

When Phat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 10th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Phat shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I can take care of myself and take care of my grandchildren well.”

Phat is a 70-year-old mother of seven, with three sons, four daughters, and now many grandchildren. Sadly, her husband died two years ago fr...

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Phat's Timeline

  • January 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phat 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.

  • January 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phat's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phat'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 Phat'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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