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Success! Orn from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery.

Orn
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Orn's treatment was fully funded on November 13, 2020.

Photo of Orn post-operation

July 9, 2020

Orn underwent eye surgery.

Orn’s cataract surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to check her visual acuity. Once she has fully recovered, Orn will have improved vision and will enjoy increased independence.

Orn shared, “My eye will recover soon, and I will see everything more clearly. I will be able to see and play with my grandchildren and go with them to school. I want to walk to places by myself. Thank you to the doctors.”

Orn's cataract surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to chec...

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June 1, 2020

Orn is a 68-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She is married with two sons, four daughters, and 10 grandchildren. She lives with one of her daughters and her children. Orn enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio or in person when she joins ceremonies at the pagoda.

Two years ago, and becoming noticeably worse in the past two months months, Orn developed a cataract in her left eye eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, irritation, and photophobia.

When Orn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours by taxi seeking treatment. On June 1st, doctors will perform phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

“I hope I can see better so I can recognize my relatives and go to join ceremonies by myself. I want to help my daughter take care of my grandchildren and cook more at home,” Orn said.

Orn’s daughter told us, “I worry about my mom because it is difficult for her to eat anything when she can’t see well.”

Orn is a 68-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She is married with two sons, four daughters, and 10 grandchildren. She lives with one of her dau...

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Orn's Timeline

  • June 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Orn was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 1, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Orn received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • June 2, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Orn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Orn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 13, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Orn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Orn'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.