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Success! Ounty from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract surgery.

  • $211 raised, $0 to go
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Ounty's treatment was fully funded on November 18, 2018.

Photo of Ounty post-operation

November 4, 2018

Ounty underwent cataract surgery.

Ounty has returned home after a successful operation. Ounty’s vision has been restored, and he will be able to work and go about his daily life with improved vision.

His mother says, “I am very happy that my son can see better than before. I won’t worry about his vision anymore. Thank you.”

Ounty has returned home after a successful operation. Ounty's vision has been restored, and he will be able to work and go about his daily l...

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October 30, 2018

Ounty is a five-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child. He enjoys drinking milk, playing with toy cars, and watching cartoons.

Ounty was born with a cataract in his left eye, causing him partially blind vision, a cloudy lens, and redness. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ounty learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 31, doctors will perform a lensectomy surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, his family needs help to fund this $211 procedure.

His mother says, “I hope my son’s vision improves and he can start school soon.”

Ounty is a five-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child. He enjoys drinking milk, playing with toy cars, and watching cartoons. O...

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Ounty's Timeline

  • October 30, 2018

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

  • October 31, 2018

    Ounty 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.

  • November 3, 2018

    Ounty's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 4, 2018

    Ounty's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 18, 2018

    Ounty's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Ounty's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Loy is a 46-year-old small scale farmer and a strong mother to her five children who range from the ages of 21 to 11 years old. Due to difficult finances and lack of resources, all of Loy's children have received a partial primary school education at various levels. Loy and her husband earn their income by farming, and their family lives together in a four-room mud house for shelter. Four months ago, Loy began experiencing severe lower abdominal pains that have caused her many sleepless nights. She believes that her uterus is very weak because she had a number of complicated deliveries when she gave birth to her children. She visited a doctor in March and was given temporary medication to help ease the pain and discomfort. Months later, she can now no longer sleep comfortably, and has had to completely stop farming due to the pain. Loy has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, in order to treat her condition. Fortunately, on May 13th, Loy will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital. Once recovered, Loy will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and continue on with her farming in order to take care of her family. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to help fund this surgery. Loy says, “I can no longer practice farming in my current condition and my family depends on farming. I hope to get well through surgery so that I may be able once again take better care of my family.”

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