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Phann is a rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $398 to fund cataract surgery.

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July 14, 2017

Phann is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has four sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren. He likes to listen to the news on the radio in his free time.

Two years ago, Phann developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, cloudy lenses, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Phann learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On July 14, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure.

Phann is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has four sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren. He likes to listen to the news on the radio in...

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Phann's Timeline

  • July 14, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phann was submitted by Anne McMurrey, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 14, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phann received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • July 31, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phann's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 02, 2017
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Phann's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Phann is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Phann's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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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