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Success! Chantha from Cambodia raised $253 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Chantha
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Chantha's treatment was fully funded on July 2, 2022.

Photo of Chantha post-operation

July 19, 2022

Chantha underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

As Chantha’s cataract in his remaining eye developed, he realized that he needed to do something, or he might become totally blind and dependent on others. He took the advice of his relatives to seek help at Children’s Surgical Centre. With support from the Watsi community, he underwent cataract surgery in his right eye and was able to return home the following day. As his vision slowly improved, he was amazed at how poor his vision had been and is excited that he was able to recognize faces, go outside and enjoy the bright sun, and be a lot more active.

Chantha’s sister said: “my brother is so happy that he can be more independent now that he has a better vision. He can see the TV to watch his favorite programs and do things for himself. Thank you to everyone who supports the hospital so that people like my brother can have better lives and with better eyesight.”

As Chantha's cataract in his remaining eye developed, he realized that he needed to do something, or he might become totally blind and depen...

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June 7, 2022

Chantha is a 65-year-old retired veteran. He shared that he lost most of his siblings during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and now lives with his only sister, who works as a food seller. In his free time, Chantha enjoys listening to the news on the radio and watching TV.

Three years ago, Chantha developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he cannot able to go places independently.

When Chantha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled to their care center for treatment. On June 7th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure.

Chantha shared, “After surgery, I hope I can see clearly again so I can help my sister make food for selling and to support our family. I want to go outside on my own.”

Chantha is a 65-year-old retired veteran. He shared that he lost most of his siblings during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and now live...

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Chantha's Timeline

  • June 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chantha was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 7, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chantha 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.

  • June 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chantha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chantha's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chantha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Chantha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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