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Success! Ly from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Ly
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ly's treatment was fully funded on February 25, 2021.

Photo of Ly post-operation

February 26, 2021

Ly underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Ly’s surgery was a success and he had improved vision almost immediately. He was provided with prescription eye drops to decrease the risk of infection and make sure his eye heals properly. Ly has been unable to work, but now he can return to farming, as well as his other favorite hobbies of watching TV and reading books.

He shared how happy we was to be able to see better, recognize his family and neighbors, help his family more, and that it will be easy to drive his motorbike by himself now.

Ly's surgery was a success and he had improved vision almost immediately. He was provided with prescription eye drops to decrease the risk o...

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December 1, 2020

Ly is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five sons, one daughter, and ten grandchildren. Since his wife passed away four years ago, he has been living with his daughter. Ly enjoys watching Khmer boxing on TV and reading Buddhist books.

Ten years ago, Ly developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurred vision, tearing, photophobia and irritation. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ly learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On December 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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.

Ly shared, “I want to be able to take care of myself and my grandchildren and visit the pagoda once I am healed.”

Ly is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five sons, one daughter, and ten grandchildren. Since his wife passed away four years ...

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Ly's Timeline

  • December 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 01, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ly 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 03, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ly's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.