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Success! Tom from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

Tom
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Fully funded
Tom's treatment was fully funded on April 12, 2019.

Photo of Tom post-operation

February 15, 2019

Tom underwent cataract surgery.

Tom has returned home after a successful operation. As per his doctor’s instructions, he had surgery in one eye, and will need to return in a few weeks to have surgery on the other eye. Tom’s vision has been restored, and he will be able to go back to school and go about his daily life with improved vision. His doctor looks forward to seeing him again in a couple weeks.

He says, “I am so happy that I can see everything more clearly than before. I am excited to be able to read and play with my friends at school without any problems.”

Tom has returned home after a successful operation. As per his doctor's instructions, he had surgery in one eye, and will need to return in ...

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February 11, 2019

Tom is a nine-year-old student from Cambodia. He really likes to ride his bike around the village and hopes to become a teacher when he grows up.

Since he was born, Tom has had a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred and cloudy vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Tom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On February 12, doctors will perform a lensectomy surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure.

He says, “I hope that my eyes will be able to see everything more clearly now. This way I will be able to read, play with friends, and recognize people’s faces.”

Tom is a nine-year-old student from Cambodia. He really likes to ride his bike around the village and hopes to become a teacher when he grow...

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Tom's Timeline

  • February 11, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 12, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tom 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.

  • February 12, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 15, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 12, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tom's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Tom's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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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