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Success! Toy from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Toy
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Toy's treatment was fully funded on June 3, 2021.

Photo of Toy post-operation

July 1, 2021

Toy underwent a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Toy had a successful surgery and was able to return home to her province after a brief postoperative period. She no longer suffers from blurry vision and is happy to be able to help her husband on the rice farm again.

Her husband said, “I am so happy that Toy can see well again. She can see the faces of her grandchildren, and work on the farm again, helping to support our family.”

Toy had a successful surgery and was able to return home to her province after a brief postoperative period. She no longer suffers from blur...

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May 28, 2021

Toy is a 63-year-old mother of seven. She has two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. Toy lives with her husband and they both work as rice farmers. In her free time, she enjoys listeing the news and Khmer dramas on TV.

Four years ago, Toy developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and tearing.

When Toy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled with her husband seeking treatment so she can see again. On May 28th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will finally be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Toy shared, “I hope after surgery I can see well so I can plant in the rice field and go anywhere on my own.”

Toy is a 63-year-old mother of seven. She has two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. Toy lives with her husband and they both wor...

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Toy's Timeline

  • May 28, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 28, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Toy 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 1, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Toy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 3, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Toy's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Toy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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