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Thorn from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract surgery.

Thorn
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Thorn's treatment was fully funded on March 1, 2019.

Photo of Thorn post-operation

April 3, 2019

Thorn underwent cataract surgery.

She underwent successful cataract surgery, and her vision has been restored.

She underwent successful cataract surgery, and her vision has been restored....

February 17, 2019

Thorn is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys watching Khmer TV dramas as well as looking after her seven grandchildren.

Six months ago, Thorn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, teary eyes, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Thorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 18, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure.

She says, “I hope that I will be able to see everything clearly so I am able to continue my work as a rice farmer and so I can look after my grandchildren.”

Thorn is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys watching Khmer TV dramas as well as looking after her seven grandchildren. S...

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Thorn's Timeline

  • February 17, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thorn was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 18, 2019
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Thorn was scheduled to receive 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.

  • February 19, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 01, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 03, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thorn's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Thorn'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.