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Success! Keo from Cambodia raised $425 to fund bilateral cataract surgery.

Keo
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  • $425 raised, $0 to go
$425
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Keo's treatment was fully funded on November 6, 2020.

Photo of Keo post-operation

January 13, 2020

Keo underwent cataract surgery.

Keo has returned home after a successful operation. As per her doctor’s instructions, she had one eye done, and will need to return in a few weeks to have surgery on the other eye. Surgery will allow her to work and go about her daily life with improved vision. Her doctor looks forward to seeing her again in a couple weeks to complete her cataract treatment.

“I feel so happy that I can see everything clearly after my eye surgery, and I can recognize people’s faces more clearly than before. I can easily do my work, take care of my grandchildren, walk to the pagoda, and go anywhere outside much easier than before,” Keo shared.

Keo has returned home after a successful operation. As per her doctor's instructions, she had one eye done, and will need to return in a few...

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January 6, 2020

Keo is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six children, seven grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her spare time.

Five months ago, Keo developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Keo learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure.

“I hope that I will be able to go outside again and be able to recognize objects, as well as help take care of my grandchildren,” she said.

Keo is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six children, seven grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the rad...

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Keo's Timeline

  • January 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Keo was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Keo 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.

  • January 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Keo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 13, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Keo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 06, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Keo's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Keo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$257
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.