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Success! Chham from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so he can see clearly and travel outside without difficulty.

Chham
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Chham's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Chham post-operation

January 9, 2023

Chham underwent cataract surgery.

Chham knew of CSC from a neighbor, so he trusted that he would be well taken care of. When he opened his eye the day after his cataract surgery, he was amazed at how well he could see colors and faces. He rested at home for a few days and has been using eye drops to recover. He is delighted that he can help his children on the farm and looks forward to visiting his local pagoda for ceremonies. His improved vision has improved his self-esteem and will allow him to be more independent.

Chham’s wife said: “my husband was not happy staying in the house all day, and felt like he couldn’t help our children. After his operation, he can see better and is looking forward to helping our children. Thank you for his surgery so he can help our children and our grandchildren.”

Chham knew of CSC from a neighbor, so he trusted that he would be well taken care of. When he opened his eye the day after his cataract surg...

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August 3, 2022

Chham is a 76-year-old retired rice farmer. He is married and has one daughter, two sons, and 12 grandchildren. Both he and his wife are retired from farming and live with their youngest son, who is a farmer. He enjoys listening to the news and to monks pray on the radio.

One year ago, Chham developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to experience light sensitivity, blurry vision, and eye tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he is not able to go places on his own.

When Chham learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 3rd, doctors will perform cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help funding this $253 procedure.

Chham says, “I hope after surgery I can see better. I would like to go outside to visit our pagoda and join in the ceremonies.”

Chham is a 76-year-old retired rice farmer. He is married and has one daughter, two sons, and 12 grandchildren. Both he and his wife are ret...

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Chham's Timeline

  • August 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chham 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.

  • August 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chham's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chham's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chham'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 $253 for Chham'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.