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

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

Photo of Lim Thong post-operation

April 10, 2017

Lim Thong underwent cataract surgery.

Lim Thong’s 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.

Lim Thong says, “I feel very happy that I can see again. I can easily watch TV or do housework well. I can go anywhere by myself, and I don’t need anyone to take me places anymore.”

Lim Thong's eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was giv...

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March 21, 2017

Lim Thong is 63 years old and has one son, three daughters, and three grandchildren. He likes to watch the news and boxing on TV and feed his chickens and ducks.

Four years ago, Lim Thong developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and sensitivity to light. Lim Thong has trouble working and going anywhere on his own.

When Lim Thong learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours to seek treatment. On March 21, doctors will perform a a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Lim Thong will be able to see clearly again. Now, he needs help to fund this $292 procedure.

Lim Thong is 63 years old and has one son, three daughters, and three grandchildren. He likes to watch the news and boxing on TV and feed hi...

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Lim Thong's Timeline

  • March 21, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 21, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lim Thong 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.

  • March 22, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lim Thong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lim Thong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lim Thong's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Lim Thong'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.