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Thy from Cambodia raised $225 for surgery to restore her vision.

Thy
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
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$0
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Fully funded
Thy's treatment was fully funded on May 2, 2016.

Photo of Thy post-operation

July 6, 2016

Thy received successful cataract removal surgery.

Thy underwent a short cataract removal surgery, during which her clouded lens was removed and replaced with a clear, artificial implant. The surgery went very well, and her vision is already much clearer. Though she was scheduled to have both eyes treated, she has yet to return to receive her second surgery.

For any number of reasons, it can take patients some time to return for follow-up care. Patients often live far away or have important family matters that keep them from coming back to the clinic. Whenever Thy can return, her second surgery to remove the other cataract will be free.

Thy underwent a short cataract removal surgery, during which her clouded lens was removed and replaced with a clear, artificial implant. The...

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April 25, 2016

Thy is a 42-year-old woman living in Cambodia. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us she is works as a rice farmer to help her husband care for their three children.

“Thy developed a cataract in each eye five months ago,” CSC shares. A cataract is a clouding of the ocular lends and “causes her blurred vision and she is afraid of sunshine. She can’t see everything clearly, do work well, or go outside without help.”

Thy once enjoyed watching Khmer dramas on TV and going to listen to monks pray, but she can no longer do these activities as well as before. To prevent her condition from worsening and help her get back to her hobbies, Thy requires proper treatment.

$225 will cover the cost of a treatment that involves small incision cataract surgery (SICS) to remove her cloudy lenses and an intraocular lens (IOL) implant to replace them. CSC expects that “after a SICS and IOL implant in each eye, Thy will be able to see clearly again.”

Thy is a 42-year-old woman living in Cambodia. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us she is works as a rice farmer...

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Thy's Timeline

  • April 25, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thy was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • April 25, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Thy was scheduled to receive 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 2, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 2, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thy's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 6, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thy's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.