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Success! Phoeun from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery.

Phoeun
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$253
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$0
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Fully funded
Phoeun's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2022.

Photo of Phoeun post-operation

September 17, 2022

Phoeun underwent cataract surgery.

Phoeun heard about Children’s Surgical Centre from relatives and looked forward to improved eyesight. When he was able to open his eye the day following surgery, he was amazed at how well he could already see colors and faces. He will rest for a few days now and Phoeun’s life will improve because he will be able to support and feed his family with his rice harvests. He looks forward to walking outside again, as well as visiting the local pagoda to hear the monks’ sermons.

Phoeun said: “I am so happy I listened to the advice of my family to have my eye fixed. I want to be more productive in my life, and this operation will help me see better. I can grow crops and feed my family. Thank you to CSC and the donors for helping me see better.”

Phoeun heard about Children's Surgical Centre from relatives and looked forward to improved eyesight. When he was able to open his eye the d...

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April 19, 2022

Phoeun is a 64-year-old rice farmer. He has one son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and lives with his wife who is also a farmer. Phoeun likes to listen to the news and the monks praying on the radio.

Two years ago, Phoeun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces. He is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on his own.

When Phoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 19th, doctors performed a cataract surgery and implanted an intraocular lens in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Phoeun says, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I want to get back to working more easily in the rice field.”

Phoeun is a 64-year-old rice farmer. He has one son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and lives with his wife who is also a farmer. Phoeun ...

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Phoeun's Timeline

  • April 19, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 19, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phoeun 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 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 7, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phoeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phoeun'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 $253 for Phoeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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.