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

Than
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Than's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2021.

Photo of Than post-operation

January 3, 2022

Than underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Than has struggled to take care of her family while her daughter is working in Thailand, so was reluctant to travel for eye surgery. When she opened her eyes the following day, she was thrilled to see well again and very glad she listened to her neighbors. Than will rest for several days and apply eye drops to aid in healing. When her eye has healed, she can support herself and her grandson by selling Khmer noodles again

Than said: “I am so happy my eyes are not itchy and I can see better. Everything is clear and I can cook without fear of burning. Thank you for helping to fix my eye; now I can support myself and make sure my grandson will stay in school.”

Than has struggled to take care of her family while her daughter is working in Thailand, so was reluctant to travel for eye surgery. When s...

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December 14, 2021

Than is a 66-year-old Khmer noodle seller from Cambodia. Than is a widow with one daughter and one son. She lives alone but cares for her daughter’s son while her daughter is working in Thailand. She likes to listen to the radio when the monks are praying and join the ceremonies at her local pagoda.

Several years ago, Than developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her difficulty seeing in bright light during the day or poor light in the evening. She rubs her eyes frequently and often sees spots.

When Than learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 14th, doctors will perform small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

“I want to be able to care for myself, and sell noodles again to help do more for my children. I hope I can see better after my surgery,” said Than.

Than is a 66-year-old Khmer noodle seller from Cambodia. Than is a widow with one daughter and one son. She lives alone but cares for her da...

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Than's Timeline

  • December 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Than was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Than 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.

  • December 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Than's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Than's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Than's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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

U Saw is a 48-year-old man who recently had to leave his home in Burma due to conflict in the area and is resettling in Thailand. U Saw used to work as a hairdresser, but it has been challenging to find work since arriving in Thailand. Fortunately, he is living with a few friends who have been able to share money and meals. U Saw shared that in this free time he enjoys playing the piano and listening to audio versions of the Bible. After U Saw arrived in Thailand in early April, the vision in his left eye began to blur. After visiting a local clinic, he was referred to the hospital for a vision and blood test. The doctors prescribed him some medication and recommended he undergo a CT scan to confirm his diagnosis. Currently, U Saw can only make out shapes and shadows with his right eye. While the vision in his left eye is slightly better, his vision in that eye is also becoming blurred. As a result, he has difficulty walking, reading, making out peoples’ faces, and experiences bad headaches. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help U Saw receive treatment. On April 28th, he will undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. BCMF is requesting $414 to cover the cost of U Saw’s CT scan and care. U Saw shared, “I feel upset. I have no income, and I can only eat with the support of my friends’ parents. If I cannot see, I will feel like my life is over. I feel sad when I think about not being able to go home and when I think about my life in the future. I want to be resettled in a third country.”

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