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Success! Yem from Cambodia raised $292 to fund sight-restoring surgery.

Yem
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Yem's treatment was fully funded on October 9, 2016.

Photo of Yem post-operation

October 24, 2016

Yem successfully received sight-restoring surgery.

Yem 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. Yem 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 Yem returns.

“I am very happy that my grandmother can see more clearly so that she can easily read books,” shares Yem’s grandchild. “I am thankful to all that helped on her eye surgery.”

Yem eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye d...

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August 4, 2016

Yem is an 83-year-old woman who is married with two sons, two daughters, and twenty grandchildren. She is a nun at the local village’s pagoda. She enjoys reading books and cleaning around the pagoda during her free time.

Four years ago, Yem developed a cataract in each eye. Because of her condition, she has blurred vision, tearing, and photophobia. She can’t see clearly or go outside on her own. She traveled one hour with her grandchild to reach a Watsi medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center, for treatment.

$292 will cover surgical costs to remove Yem’s cloudy natural lens and to insert an artificial lens for each eye. After a small incision cataract surgery and intraocular implant in each eye, Yem will be able to see clearly again.

Yem is an 83-year-old woman who is married with two sons, two daughters, and twenty grandchildren. She is a nun at the local village's pagod...

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Yem's Timeline

  • August 4, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yem was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 04, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yem received 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.

  • September 09, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 09, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yem's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 24, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yem's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Yem'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.