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Success! Thin from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

Thin
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Thin's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Thin post-operation

June 15, 2017

Thin underwent successful cataract surgery.

Her eye cataract was successfully removed from her right 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 left eye.

Thin says, “I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again. I can help my family at home like cook, clean, and take care of my grandchildren. I can easily go anywhere outside by myself.”

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

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May 24, 2017

Thin is a 71-year-old grandmother with 15 grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the monks pray, participating in religious ceremonies, and caring for her grandchildren.

Two years ago, Thin developed a cataract in each eye, which lead to blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light). It is difficult for Thin to recognize faces, do any type of work, and go anywhere on her own.

Thin traveled four hours to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On May 24, Thin will receive surgery to replace the lenses in her eyes with artificial ones. CSC is requesting $292 to help fund the surgery. After this procedure, Thin will see clearly again and be able to enjoy her favorite activities once more.

Thin is a 71-year-old grandmother with 15 grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the monks pray, participating in religious ceremonies, and ...

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Thin's Timeline

  • May 24, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 24, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thin 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.

  • May 30, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 15, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Thin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.