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Success! Yath from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

Yath
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
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$0
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Fully funded
Yath's treatment was fully funded on October 1, 2022.

Photo of Yath post-operation

October 16, 2022

Yath underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

Yath had a successful surgery to fix her blurry vision. She was able to open her eye the day following surgery, she was amazed at how well she could already discern colors and faces. She will rest for a few days and apply prescription eye drops to aid in healing. Yath’s life will improve because she will be able to help at home and support her family by watching her grandchildren and making sure they go to school. She looks forward to walking outside again, as well as visiting the local pagoda to hear the monks’ sermons.

Yath said: “I am so happy I listened to the advice of my neighbors to have my eye fixed. I want to be more productive in my life, I don’t want to sit in the house and do nothing. This operation will change my life, I can be more useful. Thank you to CSC and the donors for helping me see better.”

Yath had a successful surgery to fix her blurry vision. She was able to open her eye the day following surgery, she was amazed at how well s...

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May 2, 2022

Yath is a 71-year-old grandmother of twenty, who has one son and six daughters of her own. As her husband passed away a long time ago, she lives with her youngest daughter who is a garment worker. Yath no longer works as a rice farmer. Instead she enjoys taking part in ceremonies at her local pagoda, and cooking for her many grandchildren.

Three years ago Yath developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her to have light sensitivity and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and worries about falling when walking

When Yath learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 2nd, doctors will perform cataract surgery and implant an intraocular lens in her left eye. This will enable Yath to see clearly and to walk to places independently. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Yath says: “I hope after surgery I can see better, go out by myself and help take care of my grandchildren.”

Yath is a 71-year-old grandmother of twenty, who has one son and six daughters of her own. As her husband passed away a long time ago, she l...

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Yath's Timeline

  • May 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yath 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.

  • May 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 1, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yath's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 16, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yath's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Yath'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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$1,130raised
$370to go

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