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Success! Bin from Cambodia raised $225 for cataract surgery to restore his vision.

Bin
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
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$0
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Fully funded
Bin's treatment was fully funded on February 17, 2016.

Photo of Bin post-operation

March 21, 2016

Bin underwent successful cataract surgery.

Bin’s congenital cataracts made it difficult for him to walk anywhere by himself or play with his friends and siblings. Fortunately, because of his operation, Bin is no longer at risk of blindness.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, explains, “Bin’s surgery went well. He can see everything better than before and is not in any pain. He has been given eye drops to apply daily to protect him from infection. His congenital cataracts are healed.”

“I feel so happy that my son has had this successful surgery and can see everything better than before. Now I don’t have to worry about his eyes having problems anymore in the future. I am very thankful to the doctors and staff at CSC that helped him have surgery for his eyes,” shares Bin’s father.

Bin's congenital cataracts made it difficult for him to walk anywhere by himself or play with his friends and siblings. Fortunately, because...

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February 1, 2016

Four-year-old Bin from Cambodia was born with a cataract in each eye. Diagnosed with cataracts as a newborn, Bin’s natural lenses are cloudy instead of clear. With impaired vision, he can’t walk anywhere by himself or play with his younger sister and his friends. He enjoys playing with his toy car.

After traveling two hours to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center (CSC), Bin’s parents are hopeful that Bin can receive funding to see clearly.

Bin’s cataract treatment will cost $225. “After a lens aspiration surgery in each eye, Bin will be able to see clearly for the first time in his life,” CSC explains.

Bin’s family is hopeful for his recovery. “I hope my son can see everything normally like the other kids so I won’t need to worry about his eyes becoming blind,” shares Bin’s father. “Then, I can bring him to school and he can play with the other kids.”

Four-year-old Bin from Cambodia was born with a cataract in each eye. Diagnosed with cataracts as a newborn, Bin’s natural lenses are cloudy...

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Bin's Timeline

  • February 1, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bin was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 2, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bin 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.

  • February 16, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 17, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bin's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 21, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.