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Touch is a caring grandmother from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund cataract surgery.

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June 15, 2021

Touch is a 68-year-old retired farmer with two daughters and two sons. Her husband passed away ten years ago, so she currently lives with her oldest daughter. Touch enjoys keeping a garden behind her house. She is a caring grandmother and loves to cook for her grandchildren and watch them play outside. Besides taking care of her grandchildren, Touch likes listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Touch developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her to have photophobia, blurry vision, and occasional tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled there with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 15th, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

Touch is hopeful: “I hope I can see well after my surgery, so I can do more to help my family. I want to take my grandchildren to the pagoda too.”

Touch is a 68-year-old retired farmer with two daughters and two sons. Her husband passed away ten years ago, so she currently lives with he...

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Touch's Timeline

  • June 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 15, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Touch was scheduled to receive 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.

  • June 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Touch's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Touch is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Touch's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Touch'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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Tean is a 33-year-old garment factory worker. She is married with a son and a daughter, and her husband is a security guard. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the factory where she was employed has been closed for over three months. It has been difficult to find other work, but she has enjoyed being able to spend more time with her children. She loves reading stories to them, as well as going for walks by herself and listening to music. Three years ago, Tean developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her severe irritation, occasional pain, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Tean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six hours with her sister seeking treatment. Tean needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216 which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 14th. Tean shared, "I am happy I can get this surgery, and I hope that I will not have eye pain or irritation anymore. When my factory opens again I will be able to work easily and enjoy my time with my family."

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