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Success! Mom from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract eye surgery.

Mom
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Fully funded
Mom's treatment was fully funded on March 25, 2021.

Photo of Mom post-operation

March 23, 2021

Mom underwent cataract eye surgery.

Mom’s cataract surgery was a success and she is relieved with her outcome. Now, she can see much better, go outside and return to her vocation as a rice farmer to support her family. She feels grateful to the strangers who supported her surgery so she can have a better life ahead.

Mom’s brother shared, “I feel happy that my sister’s eye is fixed and she sees better. She can plant more crops, and go to the pagoda by herself, she was looking forward to that.”

Mom's cataract surgery was a success and she is relieved with her outcome. Now, she can see much better, go outside and return to her vocati...

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January 8, 2021

Mom is a 64-year-old mother of four with one son and three daughters. Mom is a rice farmer and her husband is a retired teacher. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Three years ago, Mom developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Mom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her husband seeking treatment. On January 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and 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.

Mom said, “I hope I can see well after surgery so I can go outside and take good care of my grandchildren.”

Mom is a 64-year-old mother of four with one son and three daughters. Mom is a rice farmer and her husband is a retired teacher. She enjoys ...

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Mom's Timeline

  • January 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mom 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.

  • January 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mom's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

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Funded by 3 donors

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

Sreyna is a 9-year-old girl who is living with her grandmother. Sreyna's mother works in a garment factory in another province, and sends money to Sreyna's grandmother for her care. Sreyna enjoys school, and is hoping to become an accountant. She also likes playing with her friends, reading, painting, and watching cartoons, and her favorite meal is a traditional Khmer noodle dish that her grandmother makes for her. In June 2021, Sreyna was hit by a car while riding her bike home from school, and her left leg was severely injured. Her family took her to a local hospital, where she received medical care and a skin graft. A year later, as a result of her injury and treatment, Sreyna's left leg is shorter than her right leg, she has limited range of motion of her ankle, and she has a large scar. She has difficulty walking, and she can't keep up with her friends when running and playing. Her grandmother shared that she is worried it is also impacting her confidence. A neighbor suggested our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for treatment so Sreyna and her grandmother traveled there hoping for care. Now surgeons plan to do a series of procedures on Sreyna's leg, which should enable her to walk and run and to keep up with her friends when they play. They are raising $487 to fund Sreyna's medical care, which is scheduled for May 12th at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Sreyna's grandmother said: "I hope Sreyna's leg will be fixed so she can walk without a limp and be active like other children."

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