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

Phanny
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$229
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Fully funded
Phanny's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2021.

Photo of Phanny post-operation

December 25, 2021

Phanny underwent sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Phanny took his relative’s recommendation and traveled to our medical partner CSC for his surgery. His cataract surgery was successful and now Phanny will be able to return to work as a tuk-tuk driver when tourists return to Cambodia and help his wife sell fried bananas. The pandemic has been hard on their business; being able to work again will help Phanny and his family to buy food for themselves and improve their life.

Phanny said: “I am so relieved my eyesight is better. I can be more independent, drive my motorbike by myself, and make money to send my children and grandson to school.”

Phanny took his relative's recommendation and traveled to our medical partner CSC for his surgery. His cataract surgery was successful and n...

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October 27, 2021

Phanny is a 44-year-old tuk-tuk taxi driver. He has one son, two daughters, and one grandson. Phanny lives with his wife who sells fried bananas. Phanny likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch boxing on TV.

Two years ago, Phanny developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Phanny learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there hoping for treatment. On October 27th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and will place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Phanny says, “I hope I can see well again so I can return to driving my tuk-tuk.”

Phanny is a 44-year-old tuk-tuk taxi driver. He has one son, two daughters, and one grandson. Phanny lives with his wife who sells fried ban...

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Phanny's Timeline

  • October 27, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 27, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phanny 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.

  • October 29, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phanny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 20, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phanny's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phanny's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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

Ronald

Ronald is a middle-aged farmer from Kenya who is the thirdborn in a family of six. He and his family all live in semi-permanent houses and work as small-scale farmers. His father passed away years ago, so his mother, who is diabetic, was left to care for the children alone. Ronald studied up to the college level, but he could not secure a job in his field, so he now works as a casual laborer. He also helps his mother with house chores since she is sick and on medication, making it difficult for her to do them alone. With the income he earns through doing casual labor, Ronald helps support his family's basic day-to-day needs. Ronald was recently involved in a road traffic accident while traveling as a passenger on a motorbike. After his driver lost control due to being hit by another motorbike, they both fell on the tarmacked road, and the motorbike landed on Ronald's lower limbs. Fortunately, there were people around who helped them, but he could not manage to stand. He had to be lifted onto a passenger service vehicle, which took him to the hospital. Since he sustained an open fracture to his foot during the accident, it was treated as an emergency, and he was immediately taken to the operating room for cleaning and debridement. He was then admitted to the ward and is now waiting to undergo fracture repair surgery. He is currently in pain and unable to use his limb Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 12th, Ronald will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. After the procedure, he will no longer be in pain and will be able to walk and work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Ronald says, "I earn a living through casual jobs, which some are near and some are far from home. This state has actually brought me down. Please help me so that I may not be a burden once I am able to work.”

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