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Success! Phat from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can keep cooking and working.

Phat
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Phat's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Phat post-operation

October 8, 2021

Phat underwent cataract surgery so she can keep cooking and working.

Phat had successful surgery and after an overnight recovery, she was able to return home to her province. Phat’s vision will continue to improve as her eye heals, and she can return to work as a food seller and care for her grandchildren.

Phat’s daughter said: “I am relieved my mother can see well again. She can be more independent and take care of herself. The grandchildren look forward to her cooking again, too!”

Phat had successful surgery and after an overnight recovery, she was able to return home to her province. Phat's vision will continue to imp...

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September 15, 2021

Phat is a 61-year-old food seller. She is a widow and has one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. She lives with her oldest daughter who works as a chef in a small restaurant. Due to her age and vision, she stays home and looks after her grandchildren now. In her spare time, she likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch movies on TV.

One year ago, Phat developed a cataract in her right eye causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and sometimes tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Phat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 15th, doctors will perform 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 $229 procedure.

Phat shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly, I want to make food for sale again and go outside on my own.”

Phat is a 61-year-old food seller. She is a widow and has one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. She lives with her oldest daughte...

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Phat's Timeline

  • September 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phat was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • September 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phat 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.

  • September 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phat's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Phat'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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$120raised
$589to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.