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Success! Chhork from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Chhork
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chhork's treatment was fully funded on December 2, 2020.

Photo of Chhork post-operation

March 30, 2020

Chhork underwent cataract surgery.

Chhork had a small incision cataract surgery on his right eye and doctors implanted a new lens. Chhork has returned home and he can see everything clearer than before now.

His Daughter says, “Thank you for your help. I am happy that my father can see clearly and I don’t have to worry about him so much anymore.”

Chhork had a small incision cataract surgery on his right eye and doctors implanted a new lens. Chhork has returned home and he can see ever...

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March 17, 2020

Chhork is an 82-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three sons, five daughters, and twenty grandchildren. His favorite thing to do is listen to the monks pray on the radio.

One year ago, Chhork developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him vision loss. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Chhork learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 17th, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

“I hope that I will be able to return to the pagoda and join in the ceremonies there,” Chhork shared.

Chhork is an 82-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three sons, five daughters, and twenty grandchildren. His favorite thing to do is...

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Chhork's Timeline

  • March 17, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chhork was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 17, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhork 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.

  • March 17, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhork's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhork's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 02, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhork's treatment was fully funded.

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