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Success! Kob from Cambodia raised $292 to remove cataracts and improve her vision.

Kob
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$292
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$0
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Fully funded
Kob's treatment was fully funded on November 19, 2016.

Photo of Kob post-operation

November 21, 2016

Kob successfully received surgery to remove cataracts and improve her vision.

Kob, a 77-year-old grandmother from Cambodia, developed cataracts in her eyes which for a long time blurred her vision and made it difficult for her to get around with ease.

After traveling to the hospital from her rural village, Kob has now received successful cataract surgery! The doctors have removed her clouded lenses and is now on her way to a full recovery. Kob is back at home now and healing, and with some time, is expected to see a full restoration of her vision.

“I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again,” shares Kob.

Kob, a 77-year-old grandmother from Cambodia, developed cataracts in her eyes which for a long time blurred her vision and made it difficult...

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September 2, 2016

From Cambodia, Kob is a 77-year-old woman married with two sons, two daughters, and over ten grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda to join in ceremonies and listen to the monks pray.

Two years ago, Kob developed a cataract in each of her eyes. The condition causes her blurred vision and constant tearing. So, she traveled over two hours with her daughter to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center, to receive necessary treatment.

After a small incision cataract surgery and intraocular lens implant in each eye, Kob will be able to see clearly again. Surgeons at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Center will replace her clouded lenses with clear, artificial ones. After surgical intervention requiring $292 in funds, Kob’s eyes will no longer be irritated, and her vision will return.

Let’s support Kob with her medical needs, so that she may return home to see her grandchildren play and to visit the local pagoda.

From Cambodia, Kob is a 77-year-old woman married with two sons, two daughters, and over ten grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda t...

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Kob's Timeline

  • September 2, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 2, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kob 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.

  • October 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kob's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 19, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kob's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 21, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kob's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Kob'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.