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

Phorn
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phorn's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2021.

Photo of Phorn post-operation

December 25, 2021

Phorn underwent cataract surgery and can see well again.

Phorn’s surgery was a success! Her eye felt a bit dry for the first few days, but her vision has continued to improve and she was sent home with eye drops to continue her healing. Phorn looks forward to being able to go places independently again, and her family looks forward to eating her delicious meals once more!

Phorn’s daughter shares, “We’re relieved that my mother’s good eyesight has returned. She is more content with her life and happy to work in her garden. Thank you to the CSC staff and donors who have made her life better.”

Phorn's surgery was a success! Her eye felt a bit dry for the first few days, but her vision has continued to improve and she was sent home ...

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September 20, 2021

Phorn is a 65-year-old palm sugar maker. She has two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. Sadly, her husband passed away many years ago and now she lives with her youngest daughter who works as a garment worker. In her free time, she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio.

One year ago, Phorn developed a cataract in her left eye causing her blurry vision and difficulty seeing in bright or low light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Phorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 20th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification 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.

Phorn shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I want to plant crops around the house and go outside.”

Phorn is a 65-year-old palm sugar maker. She has two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. Sadly, her husband passed away many year...

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Phorn's Timeline

  • September 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phorn 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.

  • September 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 20, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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