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Success! Phay from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can see well.

Phay
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phay's treatment was fully funded on April 9, 2021.

Photo of Phay post-operation

March 29, 2021

Phay underwent cataract surgery so she can see well.

Phay has had a long life and outlived her children and her husband. Losing her vision was very difficult, so when she opened her eyes after her successful surgery, she was relieved to be able to see better. Now, Phay must use eye drops up to eight times a day and rest for a few weeks as part of her recovery, but she looks forward to being useful to her family again. Now, she will be able to visit the pagoda by herself and care for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Phay shared, “I am thankful to the people who funded my surgery and hope that they continue to help Cambodians who need help.”

Phay has had a long life and outlived her children and her husband. Losing her vision was very difficult, so when she opened her eyes after ...

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January 20, 2021

Phay is a loving grandmother from Cambodia. She had one daughter and four sons. Sadly, she and her husband lost all their children during the Khmer Rouge regime. Now she lives with her grandson who is a car mechanic. Phay enjoys listening to the monks preaching on the radio.

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

When Phay learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her grandson seeking treatment. On January 20th, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

Phay said, “I hope I can see well after my surgery so I can take care of my great-grandchildren, do some housework to help out, and get around more by myself.”

Phay is a loving grandmother from Cambodia. She had one daughter and four sons. Sadly, she and her husband lost all their children during th...

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Phay's Timeline

  • January 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phay 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.

  • January 20, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phay's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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