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Success! Reth from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

Reth
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Reth's treatment was fully funded on July 13, 2017.

Photo of Reth post-operation

March 23, 2017

Reth underwent successful cataract surgery.

Reth’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation.

Reth says, “I feel very happy that I can see clearly again. I can read books on Buddhism, clean the pagoda, and prepare food for monks easily. I can also go anywhere by myself.”

Reth's eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given e...

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February 22, 2017

Reth is a 76-year-old homemaker from Cambodia. She is married and has three sons, five daughters, and 20 grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys watching TV, listening to monks pray, and looking after her grandchildren.

About two years ago, Reth developed cataracts in both eyea that have caused blurred vision and tearing. It is difficult for Reth to see things clearly. As a result, she cannot work and worries about how her vision might deteriorate further in the future.

Reth learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from her neighbor. She traveled two hours with her niece to reach CSC for treatment. Reth is scheduled to undergo a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and intraocular lens implant on February 22. CSC is requesting $292 to fund the surgery. After the procedure, Reth will be able to see clearly again.

Reth is a 76-year-old homemaker from Cambodia. She is married and has three sons, five daughters, and 20 grandchildren. In her spare time, s...

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Reth's Timeline

  • February 22, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Reth was submitted by Korng Hout, Accountant at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 22, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Reth 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.

  • February 24, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Reth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 23, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Reth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 13, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Reth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Reth's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.