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Success! Bran from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a cataract surgery.

Bran
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Bran's treatment was fully funded on March 9, 2021.

Photo of Bran post-operation

March 16, 2021

Bran underwent cataract surgery.

Bran had a successful surgery and was able to return home to her province feeling well! She was instructed to rest for a few days and to use the prescribed eyedrops to reduce the chance of infection and keep her eye lubricated. Her family is relieved that she can be more independent now that her sight has greatly improved and she is so happy to be able to see better and do more on her own now.

Bran had a successful surgery and was able to return home to her province feeling well! She was instructed to rest for a few days and to use...

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February 1, 2021

Bran is an 83-year-old grandmother with two daughters, four sons, and ten grandchildren. Bran is a widow; her husband died in the Khmer Rouge regime. Nowadays, she lives with her daughter, who is a grocery seller, and her grandchildren. Bran used to help her daughter sell things from their home, but since it has become increasingly hard for her to see, she mostly stays inside and listens to monks preaching on the radio.

Three years ago, Bran developed a cataract in her left eye eye, causing her dim, blurry vision, poor night vision, and sensitivity to light and glare. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Bran learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled across the country for eight hours with her granddaughter seeking treatment. On February 2nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye eye. After recovery, Bran will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Bran shared, “I hope after surgery that I can see better and be able to recognize people and my family. I hope I will feel better about myself and be able to help my daughter to sell groceries again.”

Bran is an 83-year-old grandmother with two daughters, four sons, and ten grandchildren. Bran is a widow; her husband died in the Khmer Roug...

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Bran's Timeline

  • February 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 2, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bran 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.

  • February 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bran's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bran's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bran's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.