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Success! Ion from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract surgery.

Ion
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ion's treatment was fully funded on August 20, 2018.

Photo of Ion post-operation

July 11, 2018

Ion underwent cataract surgery.

Ion has returned home after a successful operation. Ion’s vision has been restored, and he will be able to work and go about his daily life with improved vision.

He says, “I am very happy that my eye has no more problems. I can go outside and return to work soon.”

Ion has returned home after a successful operation. Ion's vision has been restored, and he will be able to work and go about his daily life ...

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July 3, 2018

Ion is a government worker from Cambodia. He has two sons, one daughter, and one grandchild. He likes watching the news on TV.

A year ago, Ion developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia and blurred vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ion learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 4, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure.

He says, “I hope I can return to work and spend time with my family.”

Ion is a government worker from Cambodia. He has two sons, one daughter, and one grandchild. He likes watching the news on TV. A year ago...

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Ion's Timeline

  • July 3, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ion was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 04, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ion 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 05, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ion's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ion's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 20, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ion's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Ion's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$125
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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.