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

Ken
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ken's treatment was fully funded on June 1, 2017.

Photo of Ken post-operation

March 7, 2017

Ken underwent cataract surgery.

Ken’s eye cataract was successfully removed from his left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection.

Ken says, “I feel very happy that my eyes can see everything more clearly than before. Now I can easily do anything and go anywhere by myself. I can also recognize faces and take care of my grandchildren too.”

Ken's eye cataract was successfully removed from his left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye...

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February 1, 2017

Ken is a 59-year-old grandfather from Cambodia. He has two sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren. He likes to watch boxing on TV and listen to the news on the radio.

About three years ago, Ken developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, pain, and burning. He finds it difficult to see clearly, and he is worried about his eyesight.

Ken learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. He traveled for six hours with his niece to reach CSC for treatment. On February 1, Ken will undergo cataract surgery, which will allow him to see clearly. CSC is requesting $292 to fund the surgery.

Ken says, “I hope to be able to see more clearly so that I can work around my home easily.”

Ken is a 59-year-old grandfather from Cambodia. He has two sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren. He likes to watch boxing on TV and l...

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Ken's Timeline

  • February 1, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 1, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ken 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.

  • February 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ken's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ken's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ken's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.