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Success! Chhan from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Chhan
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chhan's treatment was fully funded on March 6, 2021.

Photo of Chhan post-operation

March 9, 2021

Chhan underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Chhan traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) and had a successful cataract surgery. This surgery has improved Chhan’s vision, and he can now clearly see the faces of his many children and grandchildren. Doctors gave Chhan eye drops, which he will apply at home eight times per day. His children are very happy for his improvement, and are glad that he can see clearly again. They are happy that no longer have to worry about his vision loss.

After the procedure, Chhan told us, “I’m feeling well and am very happy that I can see well. I can plant rice on my farm and can drive my motor to go to pagoda by myself.”

Chhan traveled to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) and had a successful cataract surgery. This surgery has improved Chhan’s vision, and he c...

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December 21, 2020

Chhan is a 69-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. His wife passed away two years ago so now Chhan lives with his youngest son who is a day laborer. In his free time Chhan enjoys listening to the news on the radio.

About two years ago, Chhan developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, affecting his daily life.

When Chhan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours with his son seeking treatment. On December 21st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Chhan said, “I hope after surgery I can see well so I can plant some vegetables around my home and easily to drive anywhere by myself.”

Chhan is a 69-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. His wife passed away two years ...

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Chhan's Timeline

  • December 21, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 21, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhan 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.

  • December 22, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 6, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhan's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

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