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Success! Kim from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

Kim
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kim's treatment was fully funded on March 7, 2021.

Photo of Kim post-operation

March 9, 2021

Kim underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Kim has returned home with a huge smile on his face after a quick and successful eye surgery. Kim’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve his quality of life. After surgery, he is following instructions to use eye drops to decrease inflammation and assist his healing process. He looks forward to being able to go places independently and see his grandchildren’s faces.

After surgery, Kim shared with us, “I feel very happy that I can see well, and can go to the pagoda by myself.”

Kim has returned home with a huge smile on his face after a quick and successful eye surgery. Kim’s visual acuity has improved, which will g...

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December 24, 2020

Kim is a 81-year-old rice farmer. He has two sons, four daughters, and six grandchildren. His wife is also a rice farmer, but now they stay at home mostly while their children farm. Kim enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio.

One year ago, Kim developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Kim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his wife seeking treatment. On December 23rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and 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.

Kim said, “I want to be able to go back to the pagoda with my wife after my surgery. I really hope I can see well. I’d like to take care of my grandchildren again.”

Kim is a 81-year-old rice farmer. He has two sons, four daughters, and six grandchildren. His wife is also a rice farmer, but now they stay ...

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Kim's Timeline

  • December 23, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kim 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 24, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kim's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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

Evans works hard as a motorcycle taxi driver. He's the second-born in a family of five and had to drop out of school in grade 8 after his parents were unable to pay his secondary school fees. He opted to take a “Boda boda” (motorcycle taxi) job so that he could support his siblings and his children. Evans has two children that he works hard to provide for and he hopes to get married in the future. Now, he worries about not walking again. He is a hardworking and industrious man who makes ends meet for his young children. Two days ago, Evans sustained a traumatic right femur and tibia fracture after he was involved in a road traffic accident. He was rushed to the hospital for x-rays. Because he had an open wound on his femur, Evans was taken to the operating room for emergency washout surgery. A cast was placed and he was admitted to the surgical ward as doctors plan for his care. Evans is unable to walk or lift his right leg due to the fractures. He is worried that he'll continue lying in the hospital bed in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH) can help. On September 7th, Evans will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). Evans will heal and be able to work. He'll be able to fend for himself and help out his family and children. AMH is requesting $1247 to fund this procedure. Being single and without a proper job, Evans has very little to help him undergo this surgery. He has come out to ask well-wishers to help him raise money for his surgery so that he can walk again and continue supporting his family. Evans says, “If I could be walking now, I could be out there looking for a job and supporting my family. I have faith that I will walk again."

88% funded

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$1,106raised
$141to go

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