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Success! Ly from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery and keep working in his community.

Ly
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ly's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Ly post-operation

December 27, 2021

Ly underwent cataract surgery.

Ly had a successful eye surgery and was able to return home to his province after recovery. After Ly’s vision fully improves, he will be able to help his daughter weave and sell mats again. His family’s life will improve because they will be able to earn money to buy food.

Ly said: “I am so happy I won’t be blind anymore. I can walk outside in our village, visit the temple by myself, and help to care for my grandchildren. Thank you to the donors who helped to pay for my operation.”

Ly had a successful eye surgery and was able to return home to his province after recovery. After Ly's vision fully improves, he will be abl...

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September 15, 2021

Ly is a 76-year-old mat seller. He is a widower and has two sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. He lives with his second daughter who is a mat weaver. Previously, he sold his daughter’s mats by bicycle throughout the community but is not able to do this anymore. At home, he likes to listen to the news and the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Ly developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ly learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 15th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Ly shared, “I hope my eye can see clearly, I can help my daughter weave mats, sell them, and go to the pagoda again.”

Ly is a 76-year-old mat seller. He is a widower and has two sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. He lives with his second daughter ...

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Ly's Timeline

  • September 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ly 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.

  • September 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ly's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 27, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ly'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 Ly'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.