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Success! Thy from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so he can see clearly again.

Thy
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Thy's treatment was fully funded on June 22, 2021.

Photo of Thy post-operation

April 12, 2021

Thy underwent cataract surgery so he can see clearly again.

Thy had a successful cataract surgery, and he will be able to return to farming very soon. Thy looks forward to being able to go places independently and is relieved that he is now able to support his family again.

Thy shared, “I am happy to see the faces of my grandchildren. I can work in the rice fields and don’t have to worry about my eye anymore.”

Thy had a successful cataract surgery, and he will be able to return to farming very soon. Thy looks forward to being able to go places inde...

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March 29, 2021

Thy is a 61-year-old farmer who is married with one son, two daughters, and many grandchildren. They live with their youngest daughter and both he and his wife are rice farmers. Because of his poor vision, he cannot go to the rice field right now. He cares for the grandchildren and likes to watch boxing and the news on TV.

Three years ago, Thy developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision, photophobia, inability to recognize faces. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Thy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On March 29th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Thy shared, :I hope after surgery I can see well, it will be easy to recognize people. I can help my daughter to take care of the grandchildren and can go to the rice field with my wife to plant rice again.”

Thy is a 61-year-old farmer who is married with one son, two daughters, and many grandchildren. They live with their youngest daughter and b...

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Thy's Timeline

  • March 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thy 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.

  • March 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Thy'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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Gideon, who was born with intellectual disabilities, lives in and attends a special school in Eldoret town. Gideon likes being in school and he likes drawing during his free time. His parents live in the village and it’s been a long time since Gideon has seen them, so he is looking forward to seeing them when he gets treated. Gideon came to the hospital after having a swelling in a sensitive area for more than two years. He reports that it was gradual on the onset but worsened with time. Gideon was brought to the hospital by one of his relatives after they were told of Gideon's condition. Before they came to Kapsowar Hospital, they had tried many other hospitals, but every time they were asked to pay huge amounts of money for treatment, which they cannot afford. Gideon has an appointment for a hydrocelectomy surgery to repair the double hernia bulges. He has been experiencing severe discomfort in the affected area and a mild headache, and feels ashamed walking around due to the swelling. Currently, Gideon is under the care and support of the Samaritans, but they don’t have money to pay for his surgery, only for room and board. They are asking anyone reading this story to support Gideon so he can undergo a successful surgery for recovery. Gideon is a happy young man who looks forward to seeing his parents soon. His uncle says, “I will be happy to see him without the swelling. He deserves to live a happy and healthy life like others.”

65% funded

65%funded
$295raised
$155to go

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