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Success! Vanna from Cambodia raised $229 for sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Vanna
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Vanna's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Vanna post-operation

December 28, 2021

Vanna underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Vanna traveled by tuk-tuk on difficult roads to have successful surgery and was able to return home feeling well. Her eye was dry for the first few days, but her sight has gradually improved. She is excited that she can see colors again and has had no side effects. She will be able to return to the fields to help her husband with the crops, which will support feeding her family.

Vanna said: “Thank you for helping me see better. I am so grateful my sight has improved. I can be more independent, do housework, and take care of my grandchildren.”

Vanna traveled by tuk-tuk on difficult roads to have successful surgery and was able to return home feeling well. Her eye was dry for the fi...

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November 23, 2021

Vanna is a 68-year-old farmer with three sons and two grandchildren. Vanna lives with her husband who is also a farmer. She likes to listen to the news on the radio.

Three years ago, Vanna developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Vanna learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for five and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 23rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and will place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Vanna says, “I hope my eye can see clearly after surgery. I want to go to the rice field with my husband again and plant some vegetables around my house for extra income.”

Vanna is a 68-year-old farmer with three sons and two grandchildren. Vanna lives with her husband who is also a farmer. She likes to listen ...

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Vanna's Timeline

  • November 23, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vanna 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 24, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vanna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vanna's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 28, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vanna'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 Vanna'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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59%funded
$170raised
$114to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Harriet

Harriet is a smallscale farmer and a mother of four. She was able to complete school up to the 6th grade, then could not proceed with education due to limited financial support from her family. Her husband is a casual laborer finding work where he can around their village. They own a two-room mud house for shelter. Their family's eldest is 13 years old and in primary school class three while the last born is 5 years old and in baby junior class. Harriet shared that sustaining her family has been hard for her and her husband. During her free time, she enjoys working on her farm whenever she is not doing her household chores. About four months ago, Harriet began to experience troubling symptoms, including severe lower abdominal pains and immediately went to seek medical attention at Rushoroza hospital. She was diagnosed with a ruptured appendicular abscess. This is a complication of acute appendicitis which results from the invasion of the appendix by bacteria following an obstruction. It was managed and the doctors advised her to return after a while for appendicectomy but she has not been able to afford the surgery cost. Currently, Harriet has completely stopped farming due to severe pain. If her surgery is not done, Harriet is at risk of suffering a recurring appendicular abscess and could live a very poor quality of life. Her family however cannot afford the surgery charges. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Harriet receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy on November 11th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $284 and Harriet and her family need your support. Harriet says, “I hope to live a better life after the surgery because I have been in so much pain. I will resume farming as soon as I get better.”

59% funded

59%funded
$170raised
$114to go