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Success! Phan from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Phan
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phan's treatment was fully funded on January 22, 2022.

Photo of Phan post-operation

January 28, 2022

Phan underwent cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Phan and her daughter traveled from northern Cambodia to the capital city to see if her eyesight could be improved. There she underwent successful surgery and Phan was not disappointed; several days after her procedure, she could see faces again and could walk outside in the sun. After surgeons determined she had no complications, she made the long trip back home to her province. Phan’s life will be better now because she will be able to return to the rice fields to help her children and resume her day-to-day activities.

Phan said: “I’m very happy I will have better eyesight. I can help my children grow crops, visit with neighbors, and enjoy my life again. Thank you to everyone who donated for me to have this surgery.”

Phan and her daughter traveled from northern Cambodia to the capital city to see if her eyesight could be improved. There she underwent succ...

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December 9, 2021

Phan is a 47-year-old rice farmer. She’s divorced and lives with her two sons and two daughters. She often stays at home, and enjoys listening to the news on the radio in her free time.

Two years ago, Phan developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She only sees shadows and has difficulty performing her daily routine. With increasingly poor vision, she is unable to go to the rice field to work.

When Phan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for eight hours seeking treatment. On December 9th, 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.

Phan shared, “I hope after surgery I will see better. I can go back to planting rice and earn money to support my children.”

Phan is a 47-year-old rice farmer. She's divorced and lives with her two sons and two daughters. She often stays at home, and enjoys listeni...

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Phan's Timeline

  • December 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phan 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.

  • December 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 22, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phan's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 28, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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