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Success! Yum from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract surgery.

Yum
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Yum's treatment was fully funded on May 10, 2018.
May 9, 2018

Yum is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, three daughters, and three grandchildren. She likes to watch the news and TVv programs.

One year ago, Yum developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, pain, itching, tearing and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Yum learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 10, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure.

She says, “I hope I can see everything clearly so I can learn about Buddha and do my work at home.”

Yum is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, three daughters, and three grandchildren. She likes to watch the news and TVv programs....

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Yum's Timeline

  • May 9, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yum was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 10, 2018
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Yum was scheduled to receive 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.

  • May 10, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yum's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 10, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yum's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Yum's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Yum's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$125
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.