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Success! Thorn from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Thorn
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Thorn's treatment was fully funded on June 12, 2016.

Photo of Thorn post-operation

August 3, 2016

Thorn received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

After months of living with blurred vision, irritation, and tearing, Thorn has successfully undergone surgery to remove the cataracts in each of his eyes.

During the short procedure, doctors removed his clouded lenses and replaced them with clear, artificial implants. The surgery went very well, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

With his restored vision, Thorn is excited to return home and begin caring for his plants and family again. Both he and his mother, who accompanied him on the eight hour journey to the clinic, are very thankful for all those who helped him have this surgery.

After months of living with blurred vision, irritation, and tearing, Thorn has successfully undergone surgery to remove the cataracts in eac...

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May 24, 2016

Meet Thorn, a 44-year-old man from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and enjoys listening to news on the radio.

Three months ago, Thorn developed a cataract in each eye. This cloudy build-up of proteins in his eye lenses causes him blurred vision, and it is hard for Thorn to get around on his own. If not treated Thorn could completely lose his ability to see.

90% of blindness in Cambodia could be treated with surgery, however these services are unfortunately not very accessible to the majority of rural Cambodians. Thorn traveled eight hours with his mother to reach Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment.

For $225, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens, followed by an intraocular lens implant to replace that cloudy lens with a new artificial one. After this hour long operation, Thorn will be able to see clearly again.

After surgery, Thorn looks forward to working and taking care of his plants at home. Let’s help make it possible!

Meet Thorn, a 44-year-old man from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and enjoys listening to news on the radio. Three months ago, Thorn de...

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Thorn's Timeline

  • May 24, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thorn was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • May 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thorn 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.

  • June 7, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 12, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 3, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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