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Success! Yang from Cambodia raised $292 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Yang
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
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Fully funded
Yang's treatment was fully funded on November 10, 2016.

Photo of Yang post-operation

November 14, 2016

Yang successfully received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Yang’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection. Yang went home after the first surgery and has yet to return to have the same operation completed in the other eye. Because returning to the clinic requires taking a day off from work and usually a family escort, she may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because she left with clear vision in one eye, her problems with blurred vision are less of a burden making the second surgery a less immediate priority than the first. The second surgery will be free whenever Yang returns.

“I feel very happy that I can see clearly again,” she shares. “I can help my daughter do some housework like cook and clean. I can also easily go places by myself.”

Yang's eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given ey...

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September 5, 2016

Meet Yang, a 76-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Yang is married with five sons, three daughters, and 15 grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Three years ago, Yang developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. “This causes her blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for her to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside,” CSC explains.

“I hope my eyes can see everything clearly again,” shares Yang, “Then, I can work at home and go anywhere outside.”

After learning about CSC, Yang and her granddaughter travelled three hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Yang’s sight.

With $292, Yang will undergo cataract surgery, during which her old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing her to see again immediately after her operation.

Meet Yang, a 76-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Yang is married with five sons, three daughters, and 15 grandchildren. She enjoys visiting th...

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Yang's Timeline

  • September 5, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yang was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 05, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yang 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.

  • October 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 10, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yang's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 14, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Yang'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.