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Success! Phat from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

Phat
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phat's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Phat post-operation

June 2, 2017

Phat underwent cataract surgery.

His eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. He will return soon for the same surgery on his left eye.

Phat says, “I feel very happy. I can see everyone clearly and I want to plant some crops around my home to support my family. I can easily go anywhere outside by myself.”

His eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye ...

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May 11, 2017

Phat is a 66-year-old grandfather from Cambodia. He is married with three sons, one daughter, and 12 grandchildren. In his free time, Phat likes to listen to monks pray on the radio.

About seven months ago, Phat developed a cataract in each of his eyes, causing him blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. Hearing about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), Phat decided to seek treatment.

On May 11, Phat will undergo a phacoemulsification procedure at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, CSC’s care center, receiving intraocular lens implants in each of his eyes to improve his vision. CSC is asking for $292 to cover the cost of his treatment.

After surgery, Phat will be able to see clearly again!

Phat is a 66-year-old grandfather from Cambodia. He is married with three sons, one daughter, and 12 grandchildren. In his free time, Phat l...

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Phat's Timeline

  • May 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phat was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • May 11, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phat 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.

  • May 16, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 2, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phat's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Phat's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.