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Success! Chhan from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery.

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

Photo of Chhan post-operation

March 23, 2021

Chhan underwent eye surgery.

Chhan’s cataract surgery was a great success and his sight has been restored. He will now rest at home and apply eye drops several times per day to prevent infection. Chhan’s wife is very happy that her husband can see everything clearly now and that he can enjoy, as she said, “the beautiful Cambodian sunshine” again.

Chhan shared, “I’m happy I can see well, I can take care of myself, and take care of the animals. Thank you to the staff who fixed my eye so I can support my family.”

Chhan's cataract surgery was a great success and his sight has been restored. He will now rest at home and apply eye drops several times per...

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January 12, 2021

Chhan is a volunteer veterinarian, a 64-year-old, and a father to two sons, three daughters, and now many grandchildren. He loves animals and volunteers as a veterinarian to help domestic animals. His wife is a housewife who sells vegetables that he plants at his house. He shared that he likes to listen to the news on the radio and read books.

Since three years ago, but mostly in the last two months, it has been increasingly hard for him to see out of his eye. Chhan developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision.

When Chhan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours with his wife seeking treatment. On January 12th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

“I hope after surgery I can see to go back to work, drive my motorcycle, and read and write well,” he shared with us.

Chhan is a volunteer veterinarian, a 64-year-old, and a father to two sons, three daughters, and now many grandchildren. He loves animals an...

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Chhan's Timeline

  • January 12, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhan 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.

  • January 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Chhan'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.