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Success! Chhen from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract treatment.

Chhen
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chhen's treatment was fully funded on April 15, 2017.

Photo of Chhen post-operation

February 28, 2017

Chhen underwent successful cataract surgery.

Chhen’s eye cataract was successfully removed from his left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye drops to reduce inflammation.

Chhen says, “I am happy that I can clearly recognize faces again and be able to clean around my home.”

Chhen's eye cataract was successfully removed from his left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given e...

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January 16, 2017

Chhen is 60 years old. He is married with three sons, one daughter, and fifteen grandchildren. He likes to read books about Buddhism, listen to monks pray on the radio, and go to ceremonies at the pagoda. Chhen heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. He traveled for five hours with his daughter to reach CSC for treatment.

Three years ago, Chhen developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any work, and go anywhere outside by himself.

Chhen says, “I hope my eyes can see more clearly than now so that I can recognize the faces of everyone, do any kind of work, and go anywhere by myself. I want to help my family do some housework, like cook, clean, and take care of my grandchildren.”

Chhen will undergo treatment on January 16 to help him see clearly again and improve his quality of life. Doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. Our medical partner is requesting $292 to fund his treatment.

Chhen is 60 years old. He is married with three sons, one daughter, and fifteen grandchildren. He likes to read books about Buddhism, listen...

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Chhen's Timeline

  • January 16, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chhen was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 16, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhen 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.

  • January 23, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 15, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhen's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Chhen's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.