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Success! Roeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Roeun
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Roeun's treatment was fully funded on December 22, 2020.

Photo of Roeun post-operation

July 2, 2020

Roeun underwent cataract surgery.

Roeun’s surgery was successful. He has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. Once fully recovered, his vision will be significantly better and he will have more independence.

His daughter shared, “My dad could not see well enough to do things around the house by himself, so I am glad that the doctors have helped restore his vision.”

Roeun's surgery was successful. He has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. Once fully rec...

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May 12, 2020

Roeun is a 80-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia, with two sons, three daughters, and twenty grandchildren. Roeun likes to spend most of his time with his grandchildren at home, telling them stories and teaching them about farming.

Two years ago, Roeun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Roeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for more than three hours seeking treatment. On May 12th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Roeun said, “I can’t see the faces of my grandchildren with my bad eye, and I can’t watch them grow up. After the surgery I hope I can see them perfectly again, and play with them more.”

Roeun is a 80-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia, with two sons, three daughters, and twenty grandchildren. Roeun likes to spend mos...

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Roeun's Timeline

  • May 12, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 12, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Roeun 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 13, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Roeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 2, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Roeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 22, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Roeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Roeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.