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Success! Raksmey from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract surgery.

Raksmey
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$211
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$0
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Fully funded
Raksmey's treatment was fully funded on August 21, 2018.

Photo of Raksmey post-operation

July 19, 2018

Raksmey underwent cataract surgery.

Raksmey has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Raksmey’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of life. She looks forward to being able to go to school.

Her aunt said, “She can see everything clearly now so I won’t worry about her vision loss anymore.”

Raksmey has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Raksmey’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality...

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July 17, 2018

Raksmey is a kindergartener from Cambodia. She has one younger brother. She likes to do puzzles and drink green tea. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

Four months ago, Raksmey developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Raksmey learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 18, doctors will perform lens aspiration 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 $211 procedure.

Her aunt says, “I am worried about her vision and how it affects her education. I hope she can return to school soon.”

Raksmey is a kindergartener from Cambodia. She has one younger brother. She likes to do puzzles and drink green tea. She wants to be a teach...

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Raksmey's Timeline

  • July 17, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Raksmey was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • July 18, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Raksmey 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 18, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Raksmey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 19, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Raksmey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 21, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Raksmey's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Raksmey's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$125
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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