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

Man
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$253
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Fully funded
Man's treatment was fully funded on September 20, 2022.

Photo of Man post-operation

October 5, 2022

Man underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Man had been troubled by his diminishing eyesight. He could not see the currency numbers on the Cambodian bills and was often embarrassed when making change. He had successful surgery and was able to make the long trip home the following day. He rested at home for several days and has now returned to work. This is important because Man is the main breadwinner in his family, and he feels confident he can support his family with his improved eyesight.

Man’s wife said: “we are grateful we were able to travel to have Man’s surgery so he can see better. He can go outside in bright and dim light and can read more clearly. Thank you to everyone who were so kind to us.”

Man had been troubled by his diminishing eyesight. He could not see the currency numbers on the Cambodian bills and was often embarrassed wh...

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April 22, 2022

Man is a 59-year-old grocery seller. He and his wife have one daughter, four sons, and ten grandchildren. In his free time, Man enjoys listening to the news on his phone.

One year ago, Man developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he cannot go places independently.

When Man learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for six and half hours seeking treatment. On April 22nd, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure.

Man says, “After surgery, I hope I can see clearly again so I can sell my groceries well.”

Man is a 59-year-old grocery seller. He and his wife have one daughter, four sons, and ten grandchildren. In his free time, Man enjoys liste...

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Man's Timeline

  • April 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 22, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Man 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.

  • April 28, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Man's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 20, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Man's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Man's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Man'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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$1,007raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Shee

Shee is a bright and caring 12-year-old girl from Thailand who likes to play the piano, listen to music, and help her caregiver garden with her friends. She lives with 30 students, including her younger brother, in the dormitory of Has Thoo Lei Learning Centre. She is currently in fifth grade, and her brother is in third grade. Both her and her brother's dormitory fees, including food and accommodations, are funded by a Christian nonprofit organization called Compassion Thailand. Both of her parents currently live in Burma and work as subsistence farmers. Her father also works as a day laborer. Shee's parents support her and her brother with their school fees and pocket money. For the past two years, Shee has dealt with femoral hernias. As a result of her condition, she experiences pain in her right groin, as well as pain and discomfort when she sits for a long period of time. When she plays with her friends or is active, the bulge increases in size. Her condition has progressively worsened, and she has had to miss school frequently as a result. Fortunately, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Shee's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 22nd. Once completed, she will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. Shee says, “I want to become a nurse when I grow up one day and help people in my community who are sick and need my help.”

67% funded

67%funded
$1,007raised
$493to go