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

Veth
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$292
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$0
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Fully funded
Veth's treatment was fully funded on November 28, 2016.

Photo of Veth post-operation

November 28, 2016

Veth successfully received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Veth’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection. Veth 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 Veth returns.

After surgery, Veth shares, “I feel very happy that I can see clearly so that I can continue my work again and find money to support my family. I can also go to the pagoda by myself.”

Veth's eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given e...

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October 24, 2016

Veth is a 56-year-old cement worker from Cambodia. She is married with four sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. She likes to go to the pagoda and listen to monks pray on the radio.

About four months ago, Veth developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, pain, and tearing. Veth’s cataracts have made it difficult for her to do her work and support her family.

After learning about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor in her village, Veth traveled for four hours with her son to reach CSC for treatment.

On October 24, 2016, doctors performed a surgery and lens implant in each eye. Now, Veth should be able to see clearly and return to work.

Veth is looking forward to supporting her family and walking around outside on her own.

Veth says, “I hope that I can see everything more clearly.”

Veth’s son adds, “I hope that my mother can see clearly so that I don’t have to worry about her vision loss anymore.”

Veth is a 56-year-old cement worker from Cambodia. She is married with four sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. She likes to go to th...

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Veth's Timeline

  • October 24, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Veth was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Veth 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.

  • November 08, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Veth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 28, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Veth's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 28, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Veth'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 Veth'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.