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

Mach
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mach's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2016.

Photo of Mach post-operation

January 9, 2017

Mach underwent successful cataract surgery.

After her surgeries, she was given eye drops to fight infection. Mach’s vision has improved.

“I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again, so that I can sell bags or clothes,” says Mach. “I can go anywhere by myself without needing to disturb another person to take care of me.”

After her surgeries, she was given eye drops to fight infection. Mach's vision has improved. "I feel very happy that I can see everything...

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September 22, 2016

Mach is a 67-year-old farmer. She is married with two daughters and one grandchild. Mach likes to watch the news and Khmer dramas on TV and go to the pagoda to join ceremonies.

Two years ago, Mach developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, cloudy lenses, pain, and burning. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, doing work, and going outside on her own.

When Mach learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for eight hours seeking treatment. On September 22, CSC surgeons removed her cataracts and replaced them with lens implants.

Now, Mach needs help to pay for this $292 procedure. After recovery, she should be able to see clearly.

“I hope I can see things more clearly,” she says, “so that I can do any work easily, sell bags or clothes, and go anywhere outside by myself without needing to disturb another person to take care of me anymore.”

Mach is a 67-year-old farmer. She is married with two daughters and one grandchild. Mach likes to watch the news and Khmer dramas on TV and ...

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Mach's Timeline

  • September 22, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mach was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • September 22, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mach 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.

  • November 30, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mach's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 25, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mach's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mach's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Mach'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.