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Success! Tou from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Tou
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tou's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Tou post-operation

January 5, 2022

Tou underwent cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Tou had successful cataract surgery at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. She will rest for a few days and apply eye drops to continue her healing. Upon full recovery, Tou’s vision will improve, and she will be more independent!

Tou shared, “I am so grateful to be able to have this surgery. I can be more useful to my sister and see better to help with housework and cooking. Thank you to those who helped me to have this surgery so I can feel better about myself.”

Tou had successful cataract surgery at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. She will rest for a few days and apply eye drops to ...

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November 10, 2021

Tou is a 64-year-old widow with two sons and two daughters; tragically, two of her children passed away during the Khmer Rouge rule and two passed away from measles when they were young. Her husband passed away from hypertension ten years ago, so she has been alone for many years. She lives with her sister and receives some support from her nephews. At home, she helps out around the house. In her free time, she likes to watch Khmer comedies and listen to the monks pray on the radio.

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

When Tou learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for an hour seeking treatment. On November 10th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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.

Tou shared, “I hope after surgery I can see better, and can see my family. I want to do housework, and take care of myself.”

Tou is a 64-year-old widow with two sons and two daughters; tragically, two of her children passed away during the Khmer Rouge rule and two ...

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Tou's Timeline

  • November 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tou 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 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tou's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tou's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tou's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Tou'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Titus

Titus is a 22-year-old motorcyclist and is the sixth born in a family of nine: six boys and three girls. His father earns wages from farming and working in other people’s farms, while his mother takes care of their house and family. They live in a two-roomed iron-built house in their village. Two months ago, Titus was involved in a road accident. He was riding a motorcycle that lost brake power and fell into a ditch. Titus sustained lacerations on his knee and fractured his right patella, and was rushed to a nearby district hospital where he was sutured and discharged home. Three weeks later, when he tried to stretch his leg, his wound opened and an X-Ray imaging of his leg revealed an open patella fracture. The doctor has recommended open reduction and internal fixation surgery and skin grafting to avoid further complications and further wound infection. Currently, Titus is in pain and has to use a walking frame to get around. His parents have desperately searched for a solution, but their socioeconomic status with the family of many children in school with fees has limited the options of helping Titus. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 13th, Titus will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will relieve him of his pain and he'll be able to use his leg once he recovers. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Titus shared, "My biggest hope is to get an opportunity to be treated so that I can go home to better my life.”

45% funded

45%funded
$516raised
$629to go