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Success! Phan from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Phan
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phan's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2020.

Photo of Phan post-operation

June 19, 2020

Phan underwent cataract surgery.

Phan’s surgery was successful! Her doctors removed the cataract in her right eye that was causing her blurry vision and making it difficult for her to walk. She can now see clearly and go anywhere outside. She will also be able to see her daughter, five sons, and sixteen grandchildren. Her quality of life has improved significantly and she can now help her daughter sell groceries at the market. She was discharged from our medical partner’s care facility with eye drops and a followup appointment has been scheduled for her at their clinic.

Her son shared, “I do not worry about my mom’s sight anymore. She can recognize everything around her clearly. She can do anything she likes now, including selling groceries at the market.”

Phan's surgery was successful! Her doctors removed the cataract in her right eye that was causing her blurry vision and making it difficult ...

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May 4, 2020

Phan is a 76-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, five sons, and sixteen grandchildren. Phan spends most of her time helping her daughter sell groceries at the market. In her free time Phan enjoys listening to the news on the radio and joining ceremonies at her local pagoda.

Two months ago, Phan developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Phan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 4th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

“I hope that I can go to the market with my daughter and that I can go to the pagoda by myself in the future,” Phan shared.

Phan is a 76-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, five sons, and sixteen grandchildren. Phan spends most of her time he...

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Phan's Timeline

  • May 4, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phan was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 04, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phan received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 06, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 19, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 19, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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