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

Phat
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$229
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Fully funded
Phat's treatment was fully funded on January 29, 2022.

Photo of Phat post-operation

February 7, 2022

Phat underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Phat thought he would have poor vision for the rest of his life, so he was thrilled after his successful cataract surgery at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. He will rest for a few days before returning home with eye drops to continue his healing. Once he has fully recovered, Phat is looking forward to being more independent and helping his family.

Phat shared, “I am so happy I will see well again, especially the faces of my grandchildren, and I’ll be more useful at home. Thank you.”

Phat thought he would have poor vision for the rest of his life, so he was thrilled after his successful cataract surgery at our medical par...

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November 22, 2021

Phat is a 64-year-old farmer who is married with one son, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. Phat lives with his children, who help support him through their work as farmers. Due to his age and poor vision, Phat stays at home and helps take care of the grandchildren. His favorite pastime is listening to the news on the radio.

Phat developed a cataract in his right eye three years ago, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Phat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 22nd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 procedure to fund Phat’s procedure.

Phat shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see well. Then I can go to the pagoda by myself and can see the faces of my grandchildren.”

Phat is a 64-year-old farmer who is married with one son, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. Phat lives with his children, who help su...

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Phat's Timeline

  • November 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 22, 2021
    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.

  • November 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phat's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 7, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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

Chetra is a bright and active 15-year-old from Cambodia with big goals. He has three sisters and is the third child in his family. His father unfortunately passed away several years ago, so his mother single-handedly supports their family by working in a garment factory. Chetra enjoys playing football, playing games, and listening to music. He is currently in grade nine, and he thrives in math and Khmer literature. In the future, he aspires to be a lawyer. When Chetra was only six years old, a finger on his left hand was damaged by an electric burn. After the accident, his mother took him to a hospital to receive care for his wound, but he developed a contracture, which is the shortening and hardening of tendons and other tissue. This leads to the tightening of the skin surrounding the burn. Several years ago, Chetra underwent surgery in hopes of healing his condition, but there was unfortunately no improvement. He is currently unable to hold objects using his left hand and is in pain when he tries to straighten his finger. When Chetra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 25th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his left hand easily again. This procedure will include a skin graft to cover the wound. Now, he and his family need help to fund this $495 procedure. Chetra says, "I hope I can use my finger again soon and can grip things."

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$15raised
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