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Success! Phal from Cambodia raised $229 for sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Phal
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phal's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2021.

Photo of Phal post-operation

January 4, 2022

Phal underwent sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

It was hard for Phal to admit she was going blind and to ask for help, but was shared that she was afraid she might not see her children and grandchildren grow up. This motivated her to seek help. Following her successful surgery, she could already see the improvement! As she recovers, her vision will continue to improve over the coming weeks.

Phal said: “I am so appreciative of the help from the CSC Eye Surgery staff. Thank you to everyone who helped me have better vision so I can take care of my grandchildren and help around the house again. I look forward to walking to our community pagoda by myself.”

It was hard for Phal to admit she was going blind and to ask for help, but was shared that she was afraid she might not see her children and...

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November 2, 2021

Phal is a 65-year-old woman. She proudly shared that she has two sons, seven daughters, and many grandchildren. Phal lives with her youngest daughter who is a salon employee. Phal likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

One year ago, Phal developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Phal learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On November 2nd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and will place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Phal says, “I hope after surgery I can see well again so I can take care of myself and go to join ceremonies at the pagoda.”

Phal is a 65-year-old woman. She proudly shared that she has two sons, seven daughters, and many grandchildren. Phal lives with her youngest...

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Phal's Timeline

  • November 2, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 2, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phal 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 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phal's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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