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Success! Thol from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery.

Thol
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Thol's treatment was fully funded on December 9, 2020.

Photo of Thol post-operation

June 18, 2020

Thol underwent eye surgery.

Thol’s surgery was successful! Her doctors removed the cataract in her right eye that was causing her to have blurry vision and making it difficult for her to go anywhere by herself. She can now see clearly and watch her favorite Khmer dramas on TV. Once she is fully healed, her quality of life will improve significantly.

“It is great to see that my mother is able to see everything clearly again. She can now also recognize the faces of all her children and grandchildren very well. I hope that we can now also travel somewhere,” Thol’s daughter shared.

Thol's surgery was successful! Her doctors removed the cataract in her right eye that was causing her to have blurry vision and making it di...

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April 23, 2020

Thol is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. She likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV.

Six months ago, Thol developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and inability to go anywhere outside on her own. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Thol learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 23rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

“I am anxious about my mother’s eye irritation, I hope that she can see everything better, so she can recognize her grandchildren well,” Thol’s daughter said.

Thol is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. She likes to watch Khmer dramas o...

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Thol's Timeline

  • April 23, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 23, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thol 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.

  • April 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thol's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 18, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thol's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 9, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thol's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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