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Success! Yim from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Yim
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yim's treatment was fully funded on March 6, 2021.

Photo of Yim post-operation

March 9, 2021

Yim underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Yim has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Yim’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of life. She looks forward to being able to go places independently, see her grandchildren’s faces and watch her favorite Khmer movies on TV.

After the surgery, Yim shared with us, “I am very happy that my eye can see well, I can continue to plant vegetables and help my son take care of my grandchildren.”

Yim has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Yim’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of life...

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January 8, 2021

Yim is a 55-year-old woman with three daughters and two sons. Yim is a vegetable farmer and in her free time she enjoys watching Khmer movies and the news on TV.

One year ago, Yim developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Yim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her son seeking treatment. On January 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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.

Yim said, “I want to have clear vision so I can return to my vegetable field, look after my grandchildren, and visit the pagoda by myself.”

Yim is a 55-year-old woman with three daughters and two sons. Yim is a vegetable farmer and in her free time she enjoys watching Khmer movie...

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Yim's Timeline

  • January 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yim 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.

  • January 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 6, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yim's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yim'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 Yim'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.