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

Team
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Team's treatment was fully funded on March 27, 2021.

Photo of Team post-operation

April 8, 2021

Team underwent cataract surgery.

Team is very thankful to have received her cataract surgery and says her life has changed significantly since she returned from Children’s Surgical Centre. Now, she can return to her occupation as a housekeeper to help support her family and can help take care of her many grandchildren. Team looks forward to being able to enjoy life more and even watch TV again, too!

Team’s daughter shared, “I am happy my mother can do things by herself now. I don’t have to worry about her as much.”

Team is very thankful to have received her cataract surgery and says her life has changed significantly since she returned from Children's S...

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March 23, 2021

Team is a 60-year-old housekeeper who lives with her eldest daughter who is a garment worker. She has one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Her husband passed away from malaria in 1979. She shared that in her free time, she enjoys watching educational programs on TV.

Five years ago, Team developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going places outside on her own.

When Team learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her daughter seeking treatment. On March 23rd, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

Team shared, “I hope after surgery I can see better so I can recognize my family, return to work, and help my daughter cook at home.”

Team is a 60-year-old housekeeper who lives with her eldest daughter who is a garment worker. She has one son, two daughters, and three gran...

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Team's Timeline

  • March 23, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Team 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.

  • March 24, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Team's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Team's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Team's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 1 donor

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

Nchambi is a bright and creative 8-year-old student. She is the fifth born in a family of seven children from her mother. She is currently in class six, but she unfortunately had to stop her studies to seek treatment for her condition. Some of her favorite subjects in school are arts and crafts, social studies, and mathematics. Nchambi was diagnosed with left genu varus, meaning her left leg is bent at the knee, making it difficult to walk. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she struggles with walking to school and carrying out her daily life activities, such as helping her mother with small home chores like cleaning cloths, washing plates, and sweeping. They shared that fetching water is now something she cannot do at all due to her leg condition. Recently, every morning before school, Nchambi has had to wake up extra early to prepare because it takes her a long time to make the one-kilometer walk to her school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Nchambi. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 5th. Treatment will hopefully restore Nchambi's mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Nchambi shares, “I can’t catch up with my friends when walking to school because I am slow. I can’t walk as fast as them because of my leg.”

34% funded

34%funded
$300raised
$580to go

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