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Success! Ko from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery on his left eye.

Ko
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ko's treatment was fully funded on November 17, 2020.

Photo of Ko post-operation

March 12, 2020

Ko underwent cataract surgery on his left eye.

Ko’s surgery was a success and he has regained sight in his left eye. Ko has returned home where he will rest and apply eye drops several times per day to prevent infection.

Ko’s brother is so happy that he is able to see everything clearly again, and he is glad that he doesn’t have to worry about him. Ko’s brother is so thankful to the staff who operated on Ko.

“I am so happy that I am able to see things again. I am able to return to work and can walk anywhere I want to outside on my own,” Ko shared.

Ko's surgery was a success and he has regained sight in his left eye. Ko has returned home where he will rest and apply eye drops several ti...

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February 4, 2020

Ko is a 35-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two brothers and two sisters, and in his spare time, his favorite thing to do is watch Chinese dramas on television.

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

When Ko learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 5th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

“I hope that my brother will be able to see more clearly and can return to farming at the rice field.” -Ko’s Brother

Ko is a 35-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two brothers and two sisters, and in his spare time, his favorite thing to do is watch...

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Ko's Timeline

  • February 4, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 5, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ko 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.

  • February 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ko's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 12, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ko's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 17, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ko's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

Duncan is a 28-year-old man from Kenya. He is currently unemployed. Both of his parents are elderly and are farmers. Because of his current condition, he lives with his relatives who help him visit the hospital regularly for checkups. Duncan currently has tinnitus in his right ear, which causes him to have reduced hearing. His symptoms began in early 2010 after a road traffic accident, which also caused him a spine injury. He is currently still waiting to receive spine surgery. A few weeks after the accident, Duncan started having ear drainage, and visited a local hospital in his hometown for treatment. His ear eventually recovered, but the pain and infection reappeared two years later in 2012. Gradually, Duncan became unable to hear voices well, and currently he is not able to hear using the right ear. Doctors have recommended that he get a hearing aid to restore his hearing to its normal levels and improve his quality of life. However, Duncan cannot afford the cost of the hearing aids. His National Health Insurance Fund coverage cannot cover the cost of both his spine surgery and this treatment for his hearing loss. He currently relies on well-wishers to pay for his medical bills. Duncan appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Duncan receive his hearing aids on March 31st. This will cost $748, and he needs help raising money. Duncan shared, “I am losing my hearing at a tender age, my mobility is also threatened and I am unable to afford the increasing cost of medical care. I need support to get this treatment so that I may hear well again. Thank you for your support.”

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$372raised
$376to go

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