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Success! Chanthou from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

Chanthou
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$398
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Fully funded
Chanthou's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Chanthou post-operation

July 7, 2017

Chanthou underwent cataract surgery.

Her eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. She will return soon for the same surgery on her right eye.

Chanthou says, “I am very happy that I can see clearly again. I can continue my work as a seller and go anywhere by myself very well. I don’t have to worry about my vision loss anymore.”

Her eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye ...

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June 21, 2017

Chanthou is a 60-year-old merchant from Cambodia. She is married and has three sons, two daughters, and 20 grandchildren. When not working, Chanthou likes to watch Thai and Khmer dramas on TV.

About four months ago, Chanthou developed cataracts in both of her eyes, causing her blurred vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light. Chanthou’s condition has made it difficult for her to work and be independent. Hearing about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor, she decided to seek treatment.

On June 22, Chanthou will undergo cataract repair surgery on both eyes. CSC is asking for $398 to cover the cost of her treatment.

After surgery, Chanthou is looking forward to seeing clearly again!

Chanthou is a 60-year-old merchant from Cambodia. She is married and has three sons, two daughters, and 20 grandchildren. When not working, ...

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Chanthou's Timeline

  • June 21, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 22, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chanthou 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.

  • June 29, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chanthou's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chanthou's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chanthou's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Chanthou's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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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Peace

Peace is a farmer along with her husband. Together they have two children: their first born is 31 years old while their second born is 17 years old and is in secondary school class one. Peace shared that they have always worked hard to raise the fees for their children's schooling. This has become more difficult as six years ago, Peace began to experience troubling symptoms, including a gradually increasing anterior neck swelling. She was diagnosed with non-toxic goitre. She had visited her mother who noticed something on her neck and told her to get it checked out. The swelling was small and painless at that time but as time went on, the swelling progressively started increasing in size. She resorted to using herbs but this did not help. She is very much worried about what could come out of it in future if not treated on time. A friend recently got treatment at Rushoroza Hospital and her surgery was successful, so Peace felt encouraged and hopeful to visit. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is now helping Peace receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 6th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Peace says, “I hope to get relieved of the goitre and its complications through surgery. I would wish to live a healthy life again. I hope to comfortably keep farming after treatment.”

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$25raised
$308to go

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