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

Vannak
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Vannak's treatment was fully funded on March 9, 2021.

Photo of Vannak post-operation

March 12, 2021

Vannak underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly again.

Vannak had a successful surgery by a specialized eye surgeon at our medical partner CSC. She has now returned home to rest for a few days. Her blurred vision was the main source of her discomfort, so she is thrilled to be able to go outside, drive a motorbike, and resume her business of selling Khmer traditional medicines. She looks forward to visiting the pagoda on holy days by herself to hearing the monks chant. She also shared how happy she is to be able to see and take care of her 8 grandchildren now.

Vannak had a successful surgery by a specialized eye surgeon at our medical partner CSC. She has now returned home to rest for a few days. H...

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December 24, 2020

Vannak is a 55-year-old mother of seven from Cambodia. She has three daughters, four sons, and now eight grandchildren. Vannak is a Khmer traditional medicine seller. She lives with her husband who is a retired policeman. Vannak likes to visit the pagoda on holy days and listen to the monks preaching on the radio.

One year ago, Vannak developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Vannak learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her sister seeking treatment. On December 23rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Vannak said, “I hope after surgery I can see well so I can go back to selling medicine again and drive by myself well.”

Vannak is a 55-year-old mother of seven from Cambodia. She has three daughters, four sons, and now eight grandchildren. Vannak is a Khmer tr...

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Vannak's Timeline

  • December 23, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vannak 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.

  • December 24, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vannak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vannak's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vannak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Vannak'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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Rosemary is a 55-year-old woman, who is a very cheerful, talkative, and full of humour. Rosemary has a small kiosk where she sells beauty products. In recent years, she has been supporting her sick mother until her mother passed away last year. Early February 2020, Rosemary started experiencing some pain in her abdominal area. The pain became severe, and persisted for some time before she went to a hospital for a checkup. During the examination, she was found to have helicobacter pylori and gallbladder problems, and was also suspected to have gallbladder stones. Rosemary was given medication, which seemed to work at first but her gall bladder problems eventually worsened. Afterwards, Rosemary was referred to another facility in Nairobi for further treatment, but after going through scans and treatment, she did not notice any change in her condition. Eventually, she came to our Medical Partner Kijabe Hospital in February 2021. After the examination, the doctor recommended that she undergo a curative laparatomy to better treat her condition. However, Rosemary cannot afford the cost of her care. While supporting her mother, she found herself in a lot of debt that she is still trying to clear. Rosemary does not have National Health Insurance Fund coverage, and her condition needs urgent treatment. Rosemary has no extra source of income and is appealing for financial help. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 31st, Rosemary will undergo a laparoscopic cholecystectomy to treat her persistent pain. Once recovered, she will hopefully be free of pain and her quality of life will significantly improve. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $616 to fund this procedure. Rosemary shared, “The financial situation I'm in makes it hard for me to raise enough funds for my surgery yet it is worsening as time goes by. Any financial help offered will be highly appreciated."

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