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Success! Khun from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

Khun
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Khun's treatment was fully funded on December 4, 2016.

Photo of Khun post-operation

December 5, 2016

Khun successfully received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Khun’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection. Khun went home after the first surgery and has yet to return to have the same operation completed in the other eye. Because returning to the clinic requires taking a day off from work and usually a family escort, she may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because she left with clear vision in one eye, her problems with blurred vision are less of a burden making the second surgery a less immediate priority than the first. The second surgery will be free whenever Khun returns.

“I feel very happy that I can see clearly,” says Khun. “I can continue my work in my rice fields, do housework, and go places by myself easily.”

Khun's eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given ey...

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October 26, 2016

Khun is a 62-year-old rice farmer with three sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. She likes to go to the pagoda to listen to monks pray.

Five years ago, Khun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, burning, itchiness, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Khun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On October 26, doctors performed small incision cataract surgery in each eye and inserted intraocular lens implants. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. Now, Khun needs help to fund this $292 procedure.

“I hope that my eyes can see everything more clearly,” she says, “so that I can continue my work in my rice fields, do housework, and go anywhere outside by myself.”

Khun is a 62-year-old rice farmer with three sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. She likes to go to the pagoda to listen to monks ...

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Khun's Timeline

  • October 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Khun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 26, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Khun 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.

  • November 22, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Khun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 4, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Khun's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 5, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Khun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Khun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.