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Success! Vanny from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery for her left eye.

Vanny
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$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Vanny's treatment was fully funded on March 14, 2021.

Photo of Vanny post-operation

March 16, 2021

Vanny underwent cataract surgery for her left eye.

Vanny’s surgery was a success and she has regained sight in her left eye. After the surgery, Vanny returned back to her hometown with her neighbor. Now, she will rest and apply eye drops several times per day to prevent infection. Vanny’s neighbor shared how pleased and happy Vanny was now that she can see more clearly. Vanny is looking forward to being able to do more on her own and start doing the things she enjoys again.

Vanny's surgery was a success and she has regained sight in her left eye. After the surgery, Vanny returned back to her hometown with her ne...

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January 4, 2021

Vanny is a 59-year-old farmer who sells her vegetables outside of her home. She has four siblings, and in her free time she enjoys watching Khmer dramas on TV and listening to the monks pray on the radio.

One year ago, Vanny developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly and being as independent as she needs to be.

When Vanny learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her neighbor seeking treatment. On January 4th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery 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 $229 procedure.

Vanny shared with us, “I hope I can see better after surgery so I can recognize everyone and do my housework well. When I go home I want to plant rice and more vegetables around my house.”

Vanny is a 59-year-old farmer who sells her vegetables outside of her home. She has four siblings, and in her free time she enjoys watching ...

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Vanny's Timeline

  • January 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vanny 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.

  • January 5, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vanny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vanny's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vanny's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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

Charity is a 28-year-old woman from Kenya. She is the eldest in her family and is now married and has a newborn baby who is two months old. Her husband works as a clerk at a local dairy factory, where he earns enough to feed their family. Charity was working at the same factory, but was laid off from her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is not currently working and spends her time at home taking care of her child. Since August 2020, when Charity was pregnant, she started experiencing pain in her upper abdomen that radiated to the back. Charity had visited several different health centers but showed no improvement, and later decided to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nazareth Hospital. She underwent a scan, which showed that she has a large gallstone. The doctor recommended that she undergo a cholecystectomy. Without treatment, Charity's condition may become more complicated and cause her gall bladder inflammation, or a blocked bile duct or pancreatic duct. However, Charity is unable to meet the cost of her care and appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. is helping Charity receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on March 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove the gallbladder due to the gallstone causing pain and possibly infection. This procedure will cost $788, and she and her family need help raising money. Charity shared, "The pain is too much at times and I feel some relief when I vomit. I am hoping to get support so that I can be well and be at peace to nurse my baby."

57% funded

57%funded
$457raised
$331to go

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