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Success! Tra from Cambodia raised $229 to fund surgery for a traumatic eye accident.

Tra
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$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Tra's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2020.

Photo of Tra post-operation

June 19, 2020

Tra underwent surgery for a traumatic eye accident.

Tra’s surgery was successful! His doctors removed the cataract in his right eye that formed after his eye was accidentally struck with wood. It was causing him blurry vision and making it difficult for him to walk. He can now see clearly and go anywhere outside. He will also be able to see his brother and two sisters. His quality of life has improved significantly and he can now play football. He was discharged from our medical partner’s care facility with eye drops and has been scheduled for a followup appointment at their clinic.

“I feel great that my eye irritation is gone and I’m not in pain anymore. I can focus on my job better,” Tra shared.

His brother also told Watsi, “I am happy that his vision has recovered well and he is feeling and looking more comfortable after his surgery.”

Tra's surgery was successful! His doctors removed the cataract in his right eye that formed after his eye was accidentally struck with wood....

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May 6, 2020

Tra is a 25-year-old goldsmith from Cambodia. He is the oldest of four siblings, with one brother and two sisters. He enjoys listening to music and playing football.

Two months ago, after an accident in which his eye was struck by wood, Tra developed a traumatic cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision.

When Tra learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On May 6th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification 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.

Tra said, “Before my accident I enjoyed my work. I hope that the surgery helps me see everything clearly again, so I can continue working and helping my siblings too.”

Tra is a 25-year-old goldsmith from Cambodia. He is the oldest of four siblings, with one brother and two sisters. He enjoys listening to mu...

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Tra's Timeline

  • May 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tra was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tra 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.

  • May 06, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 19, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tra's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 07, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tra's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.