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Success! Phy from Cambodia raised $225 for surgery to restore her vision.

Phy
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$225
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$0
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Fully funded
Phy's treatment was fully funded on December 26, 2015.

Photo of Phy post-operation

January 19, 2016

Phy received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), shares: “With the cataracts in both of her eyes treated, Phy can see everything more clearly than before. She says she is in less pain too.”

“I feel very happy that I can see everything so much more clearly than before,” Phy told her doctor after surgery. “Now I can help my daughter to do some house work like cooking food, and taking care [of] my grandchild. I can easily go to anywhere outside very well too.”

Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), shares: "With the cataracts in both of her eyes treated, Phy can see everything more ...

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December 7, 2015

Phy, an 85-year-old grandmother from Cambodia, was recently diagnosed with cataracts. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us, “Phy developed a cataract in each eye three months ago. This causes her blurred vision and tearing. It is hard for her to see clearly, go outside, or do any work.”

Cataracts occur as proteins develop in the lens of the eye, causing cloudiness. The cloudiness increases over time and results in slowly deteriorating vision. If untreated, the condition can ultimately result in total blindness.

For $225, we can fund surgery to treat Phy’s cataracts. During this widely practiced operation, doctors will make a small incision to surgically remove the clouded lenses–replacing each with a new, artificial substitute.

The grandmother of two enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. With restored vision, Phy will be free to independently pursue her hobbies once again.

“I hope my eyes can see everything clearly again so that I can easily help my child do some housework, take care of my grandchild at home, and [easily] walk anywhere by myself,” Phy shares.

Phy, an 85-year-old grandmother from Cambodia, was recently diagnosed with cataracts. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC),...

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Phy's Timeline

  • December 7, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phy was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 7, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phy 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.

  • December 25, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phy's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 19, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.