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

Krim
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Krim's treatment was fully funded on March 11, 2021.

Photo of Krim post-operation

March 16, 2021

Krim underwent cataract eye surgery.

Krim’s surgery was a success! He traveled seven and a half hours to have his eye repaired by specialty surgeons at our Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). After post-surgery monitoring, he has now returned home to his province. Although he no longer works, he is very pleased to see clearly again and to return to a level of independence he did not have when his vision was bad. He thanked the surgeons and staff at CSC for restoring his eyesight.

Krim’s daughter shared how happy she is to know her father’s eye is better and that he can do things alone now, like go to the temple without her having to worry.

Krim's surgery was a success! He traveled seven and a half hours to have his eye repaired by specialty surgeons at our Medical Partner Child...

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December 24, 2020

Krim is a 58-year-old retired blacksmith from Cambodia. He cannot see well so does not work anymore. He has one daughter and two sons, and lives with his sister and daughter.

Two years ago, Krim developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Krim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for across the country for seven hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On December 24th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Krim said, “I hope after surgery I can see better so I can go outside by myself and see things well. I want to become a herdsman.”

Krim is a 58-year-old retired blacksmith from Cambodia. He cannot see well so does not work anymore. He has one daughter and two sons, and l...

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Krim's Timeline

  • December 24, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Krim 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.

  • December 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Krim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Krim's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Krim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.