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Success! Lim from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery so she can see well.

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

Photo of Lim post-operation

December 29, 2021

Lim underwent eye surgery so she can see well.

Lim was resigned at her age to not be able to see well, but took the advice of her neighbors and had successful cataract surgery by the CSC Eye Team. She will rest for a few days, then be able to return home to her province. Lim is happy that she’ll be able to cook and care for her grandchildren again.

Lim said: “I am so happy I could have this surgery. I can help my daughter with housekeeping and go outside by myself again to visit with my neighbors. I am so grateful that I can see again.”

Lim was resigned at her age to not be able to see well, but took the advice of her neighbors and had successful cataract surgery by the CSC ...

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November 1, 2021

Lim is an elderly woman with one son, six daughters, and 15 grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who is a garment worker. Lim’s husband passed away many years ago during the Khmer Rouge time in Cambodia. She likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Around five years ago, Lim developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. 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 two and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 1st, 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 $229 procedure.

Lim says, “After surgery I hope my eye can see better so I can go outside easily and I want to see the faces of all my grandchildren when I take care of them.”

Lim is an elderly woman with one son, six daughters, and 15 grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who is a garment worker. Lim...

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Lim's Timeline

  • November 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lim 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.

  • November 5, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lim's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.