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Success! Voth from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract surgery.

Voth
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$211
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Fully funded
Voth's treatment was fully funded on August 8, 2018.

Photo of Voth post-operation

June 18, 2018

Voth underwent cataract surgery.

Voth has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Voth’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of life. She looks forward to being able to go places independently and see her children’s faces.

She says, “I am very excited that I can see everything clearly again! I want to do my work at home and look forward to going outside independently again.”

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

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June 13, 2018

Voth is a street food vendor from Cambodia. She has one son and one daughter. She likes to listen to social programs on the radio.

Four years ago, Voth developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, burning, and itchiness. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Voth learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On June 14, 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 $211 procedure.

She says, “I hope my vision is clearer than now so that I can continue my business as clam vendor to earn some money and support my family.”

Voth is a street food vendor from Cambodia. She has one son and one daughter. She likes to listen to social programs on the radio. Four y...

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Voth's Timeline

  • June 13, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 14, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Voth 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.

  • June 15, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Voth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 18, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Voth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Voth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Voth's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$125
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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Khu is a two-year-old toddler from Burma who lives with her parents and younger sister. She and her sister are both too young to attend school yet. To support their family, her father is a subsistence farmer, and her mother is a homemaker. They also raise chickens and pigs, and they forage for vegetables in the jungle. Two months ago, Khu's family noticed discharge in her right eye. Her right pupil eventually began to turn white, but she fortunately did not express that she was having trouble seeing. Worried about her, Khu’s father took her to the free clinic near their village. The medic at the clinic suspected that she was suffering from a congenital cataract and told Khu’s father that they could not treat her at their clinic. Instead, they recommended that she go to a hospital for further investigation. Doctors want Khu to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $968 to cover the cost of Khu's MRI and care, which is scheduled to take place on August 4th. Her grandfather shares, “Khu is my beloved granddaughter. When I see her suffering from this condition, I feel very sad. I also worry about her future. I don’t want to see her in this condition. I want her to have good vision and have a beautiful life when she grows up. I want her to get treatment and have her vision restored.”

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$341raised
$627to go

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