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

Kim Su
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$292
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Kim Su's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Kim Su post-operation

April 10, 2017

Kim Su underwent cataract surgery.

Kim Su’s cataract surgery on both eyes went well. After the procedure in each eye, he was given eye drops to reduce inflammation. Kim Su’s vision has improved.

Kim Su says, “I am very happy that I can see like normal people. I can play football with my brother and go to school easily to study for a bright future.”

Kim Su's cataract surgery on both eyes went well. After the procedure in each eye, he was given eye drops to reduce inflammation. Kim Su's v...

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March 29, 2017

Kim Su is 18 years old. He has three sisters and four brothers. In his free time, Kim Su likes to play football and sing songs.

One year ago, Kim Su developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and cloudy lenses. Kim Su has trouble seeing things clearly, going anywhere on his own, and playing football.

When Kim Su learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours to seek treatment. On March 29, doctors will perform a lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Kim Su will be able to see clearly again. Now, he needs help to fund this $292 procedure.

Kim Su is 18 years old. He has three sisters and four brothers. In his free time, Kim Su likes to play football and sing songs. One year ...

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Kim Su's Timeline

  • March 29, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 29, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kim Su 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.

  • April 3, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kim Su's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kim Su's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kim Su's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Kim Su'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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54% funded

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$699raised
$594to go

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