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Success! Lai Houy from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can be independent.

Lai Houy
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lai Houy's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2021.

Photo of Lai Houy post-operation

August 26, 2021

Lai Houy underwent cataract surgery so she can be independent.

Lai Houy never realized that her sight could recover; she was resigned to blindness in her right eye. After a successful cataract surgery, Lai Houy was thrilled with the positive results. She will be able to help her niece around the house again, see clearly, and be more independent.

Her niece said, “I am relieved my aunt can see well again. I am not worried about her as I was before. She is happier and feels better about going places by herself again. She can help with the children and cooking. Thank you to those who helped her have this operation.”

Lai Houy never realized that her sight could recover; she was resigned to blindness in her right eye. After a successful cataract surgery, L...

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July 21, 2021

Lai Houy is a cheerful, 69-year-old mother who has one son who works near the Cambodian-Thai border. Lai Houy currently lives with her niece who sells palm sugar. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Lai Houy developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her light sensitivity and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Lai Houy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 21st, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to help fund this procedure.

Lai Houy shares her hopes to be independent again, “I hope my eye can see well after surgery so I can help my niece do housework, cook, take care of my grandchildren, and go back to visit the pagoda by myself.”

Lai Houy is a cheerful, 69-year-old mother who has one son who works near the Cambodian-Thai border. Lai Houy currently lives with her niece...

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Lai Houy's Timeline

  • July 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lai Houy 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.

  • July 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lai Houy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lai Houy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lai Houy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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