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Success! Vuthy from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery on her left eye.

Vuthy
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vuthy's treatment was fully funded on December 5, 2020.

Photo of Vuthy post-operation

June 17, 2020

Vuthy underwent cataract surgery on her left eye.

Vuthy’s surgery was a success! Her surgeons corrected a cataract in her left eye that was causing discomfort and vision loss. Now that Vuthy can see everything clearly, she can help her daughter work in the rice field and help around the house with cooking and cleaning. She is also able to spend more time outside and help care for her ten beautiful grandchildren. She is most excited that she can now go to the local pagoda on her own and pray with the monks.

Vuthy’s daughter shared, “I feel very happy that my mom is seeing better now after her surgery.”

Vuthy's surgery was a success! Her surgeons corrected a cataract in her left eye that was causing discomfort and vision loss. Now that Vuthy...

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April 6, 2020

Vuthy is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, three sons, and ten grandchildren. She likes to listen to the monks praying on the radio.

One year ago, Vuthy developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her vision loss, headache, and pain. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Vuthy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 6th, doctors will perform 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.

“I hope that I can see clearly again. I want to be able to go outside more and spend time taking care of my grandchildren,” Vuthy said.

Vuthy is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, three sons, and ten grandchildren. She likes to listen to the monks ...

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Vuthy's Timeline

  • April 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vuthy 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.

  • April 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vuthy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vuthy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 05, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vuthy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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