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Success! An from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can perform her daily activities without difficulty.

An
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
An's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of An post-operation

January 9, 2023

An underwent cataract surgery so she can do her daily activities without difficulty.

An had a successful surgery and was able to return home the following day. She rested for a few days and will apply eye drops for the next two weeks as she heals. This surgery is life changing for her since it enables her to care for her grandchildren, which was not possible before due to her inability to see well enough previously. She is grateful she has had the chance to improve her eyesight so that she can help support the family.

An said: “After surgery, my eyesight is much better. I won’t worry about falling and can help my daughter around the house. I am so appreciative of the help from the staff and the donors who paid for my surgery.”

An had a successful surgery and was able to return home the following day. She rested for a few days and will apply eye drops for the next t...

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August 4, 2022

An is a 58-year-old rice farmer. She is married and has one son, two daughters, and six grandchildren. She lives with her husband, who is also a farmer. An likes to join ceremonies at the pagoda and listen to monk pray on the radio.

One year ago, An developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience eye tearing and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own.

When An learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 4th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help funding this $253 procedure.

An says, “I hope after surgery I can see well enough to go outside on my own, do my housework, and return to planting rice.”

An is a 58-year-old rice farmer. She is married and has one son, two daughters, and six grandchildren. She lives with her husband, who is al...

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An's Timeline

  • August 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    An 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.

  • August 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    An's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    An's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    An's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for An'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.