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

Lim
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$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Lim's treatment was fully funded on May 28, 2020.

Photo of Lim post-operation

May 28, 2020

Lim underwent cataract surgery.

She is relieved that she will be able to see everything clearly again. After recovery, she can continue selling Khmer donuts at the market to bring more income to her family, and she can make food for her grandchildren, help bring them to school, and see them grow up.

“I am grateful that my eye has no pain and I can see things clearly now,” Lim said. Her daughter added, “thank you for helping my mom, now I am not worried about her being by herself.”

She is relieved that she will be able to see everything clearly again. After recovery, she can continue selling Khmer donuts at the market t...

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April 1, 2020

Lim is from Cambodia and sells Khmer donuts at the market for her family’s livelihood. She has three daughters, one son, and one grandchild. Lim likes to listen to the news on the radio.

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

When Lim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour and a half by tuk tuk seeking treatment. On April 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cararact 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 see clearly again, and go back to earning income for my family by selling donuts,” Lim said.

Lim is from Cambodia and sells Khmer donuts at the market for her family's livelihood. She has three daughters, one son, and one grandchild....

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Lim's Timeline

  • April 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 01, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 07, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lim 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 28, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lim's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 28, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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