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Success! Phannarith from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can take care of her family.

Phannarith
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phannarith's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2021.

Photo of Phannarith post-operation

August 26, 2021

Phannarith underwent cataract surgery and now can help take care of her family.

Phannarith’s cataract surgery went well! After surgery, she will remain at the hospital for observation before returning home with eye drops to continue her healing. After years of difficulty with her vision, Phannarith is relieved to have improved vision that will help her continue caring for her family.

Phannarith shared, “I am so happy I can go places independently again. I can care for my mother and my brother well, and return to visit my community pagoda for my prayers.”

Phannarith's cataract surgery went well! After surgery, she will remain at the hospital for observation before returning home with eye drops...

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August 2, 2021

Phannarith is a 61-year-old mother of five. She has two daughters, three sons, and eight grandchildren. She retired from her government job ten years ago. Since her husband passed away a few years ago, Phannarith has been living with her mother and takes care of her blind brother. In her free time she likes to visit pagodas and listen to the radio.

Five years ago, Phannarith developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Phannarith learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled there seeking treatment. On August 2nd, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Phannarith said, “I hope that I can see better after this surgery, so that I can keep taking care of my mother and brother well.”

Phannarith is a 61-year-old mother of five. She has two daughters, three sons, and eight grandchildren. She retired from her government job ...

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Phannarith's Timeline

  • August 2, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 2, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phannarith 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.

  • August 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phannarith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phannarith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phannarith's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Phannarith'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.