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Success! Nos from Cambodia raised $229 to fund vision-restoring surgery.

Nos
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Nos's treatment was fully funded on August 2, 2020.

Photo of Nos post-operation

July 9, 2020

Nos underwent vision-restoring surgery.

Nos’ surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one week followup appointment has been scheduled to check her visual acuity. She no longer experiences any tearing, and when she fully recovers, she will enjoy improved eyesight and increased independence.

Nos shared, “Now that my eyesight is better, I will be able to help my children in their daily work, and take care of my grandchildren when they need food or want to go somewhere.”

Nos' surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one week followup appointment has been scheduled to check her visu...

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June 3, 2020

Nos is a 72-year-old fisherwoman from Cambodia. She and her husband have six children together, and fifteen grandchildren total. Her children and husband work together on a farm planting rice. She loves to read religious texts and makes a lot of time to attend ceremonies.

One year ago, Nos developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. Her eyesight has deteriorated in the past three weeks.

When Nos learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On June 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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.

Nos shared, “Since I got this eyesight problem, I can’t read the books I like to read, and I can’t go by myself to attend a ceremony. I hope this surgery clears up my eyes enough that I can do these things again.”

Nos is a 72-year-old fisherwoman from Cambodia. She and her husband have six children together, and fifteen grandchildren total. Her childre...

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Nos's Timeline

  • June 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nos was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nos 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.

  • June 04, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nos's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nos's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 02, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nos's treatment was fully funded.

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