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Success! Von from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

Von
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Von's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2021.

Photo of Von post-operation

March 26, 2021

Von underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Von had a successful cataract surgery, and she will remain at the hospital until surgeons are sure she doesn’t have any complications. Then, she can return home to her province, where she will apply eye drops eight times a day to reduce the chance of infection and aid in healing. She looks forward to her newfound independence with better vision!

Von shared, “I am very happy that I can see well now. I can continue teaching and helping at the primary school and can go to pagoda every holy day.”

Von had a successful cataract surgery, and she will remain at the hospital until surgeons are sure she doesn't have any complications. Then,...

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January 13, 2021

Von is a 62-year-old retired teacher from Cambodia. She has a son, six daughters, and many grandchildren. All of her children are farmers. She lives with her husband who is a farmer and Khmer traditional musician. Sometimes she goes to school to help to teach the primary students.

Two years ago, Von developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurred vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Von learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On January 14th, 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 hope after surgery my vision will improve. I want to be able to take care of my grandchildren, plant vegetables, and go to the pagoda,” she shared.

Von is a 62-year-old retired teacher from Cambodia. She has a son, six daughters, and many grandchildren. All of her children are farmers. S...

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Von's Timeline

  • January 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Von was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Von 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.

  • January 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Von's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Von's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Von's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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