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Success! Van from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery for her left eye.

Van
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Van's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2020.
September 9, 2020

Van underwent cataract surgery for her left eye.

Van’s surgery was successful. She no longer experiences photophobia and with improved vision she can be more independent now. She is looking forward to being more helpful with her family again.

Van shared with us, “I will be back to taking care of my grandchildren in no time. This will give everyone in my family more time to relax and enjoy.”

Van's surgery was successful. She no longer experiences photophobia and with improved vision she can be more independent now. She is looking...

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June 8, 2020

Van is an 80-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband live in Kampongcham province. She doesn’t spend as much time farming as she used to, but she still works hard on her garden of herbs and vegetables. She has one son and three grandchildren.

Ten years ago, Van developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Van learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours by taxi seeking treatment. On June 8th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Van said, “I don’t want my grandson to spend so much time taking care of me. I want to walk by myself where I want to go, harvest my herbs by myself. I hope the surgery can help me see everything and recognize where I am going.”

Van is an 80-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband live in Kampongcham province. She doesn't spend as much time farming as she ...

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Van's Timeline

  • June 8, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 08, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Van 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.

  • June 09, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Van's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Van's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 29, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Van's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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