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Success! Maley from Cambodia raised $229 to fund vision-restoring eye surgery.

Maley
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Maley's treatment was fully funded on August 3, 2020.

Photo of Maley post-operation

July 9, 2020

Maley underwent vision-restoring eye surgery.

Maley’s cataract surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to check her visual acuity. After fully recovering, Maley will enjoy improved vision and increased independence.

Maley shared, “Thanks to the doctors who helped me, I can quickly return to earning more income to support my family.”

Maley's cataract surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to ch...

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June 1, 2020

Maley is a 41-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. She lives with her husband and four children, all of whom are students. She and her husband sometimes work together during the day. When she is off-duty, she likes to watch television, particularly Khmer dramas.

Three weeks ago, Maley developed a traumatic cataract in her left eye, causing her headache and vision loss that prevents her from working.

When Maley learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On June 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Maley said, “I hope my eye surgery is successful, I will go right back home and see my children because they were worried about me.”

Her husband added, “I will be very happy once my wife is home with good vision. We can both work again and support our family.”

Maley is a 41-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. She lives with her husband and four children, all of whom are students. She and he...

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Maley's Timeline

  • June 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Maley was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 01, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maley 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.

  • June 02, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maley's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maley's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 03, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maley's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Maley'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.