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Success! Chheut from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery so he can see better.

Chheut
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chheut's treatment was fully funded on March 11, 2021.

Photo of Chheut post-operation

March 16, 2021

Chheut underwent eye surgery so he can see better.

Chheut’s surgery went very well! He traveled to our Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) to have his vision restored in his right eye. After a quick surgery by specialty eye surgeons, he was relieved that his vision improved immediately. He rested at home for several days and placed drops in his affected eye eight times a day. He and his family are pleased with the results. Chheut anticipates being able to return to home renovation work now that his vision has been restored and shared how happy he was to be seeing clearly again, which will make his day-to-day life easier.

Chheut's surgery went very well! He traveled to our Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) to have his vision restored in his righ...

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December 24, 2020

Chheut is a 62-year-old home renovator and his wife sells groceries. They have two daughters, five sons, and eight grandchildren. Chheut likes to listen to the radio at home.

Chheut has developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Chheut learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his daughter seeking treatment. On December 24th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery 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.

Chheut said, “I hope after surgery I can see clear again so I can go outside by myself and help my wife sell her groceries.”

Chheut is a 62-year-old home renovator and his wife sells groceries. They have two daughters, five sons, and eight grandchildren. Chheut lik...

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Chheut's Timeline

  • December 24, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chheut 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 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chheut's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chheut's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chheut's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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