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Success! Dib from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so he can be independent.

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

Photo of Dib post-operation

August 4, 2021

Dib underwent cataract surgery and is finally feeling more independent.

Dib returned home after a successful surgery, and his eyesight has improved daily. He looks forward to going places independently and to recognizing his grandchildren’s faces. He is also excited to resume helping his family with the rice farm and with chores around the house. Most of all, he looks forward to visiting the village pagoda for ceremonies.

His wife shared, “Dib was overjoyed to have his sight back. We are so appreciative of the help from strangers so Dib can have a better life.”

Dib returned home after a successful surgery, and his eyesight has improved daily. He looks forward to going places independently and to rec...

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June 22, 2021

Dib is a hardworking 71-year-old rice farmer. He has six children and 25 grandchildren. Dib currently lives with his wife and their second daughter, who is a rice farmer. He enjoys going to the pagoda to participate in ceremonies and watching the news on TV.

Four years ago, Dib developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia, blurry vision, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Dib learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On June 22nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Dib is optimistic, “I hope after surgery I can see well so I can visit my relatives and even go back to the ceremonies at the pagoda by myself.”

Dib is a hardworking 71-year-old rice farmer. He has six children and 25 grandchildren. Dib currently lives with his wife and their second d...

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Dib's Timeline

  • June 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dib 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.

  • June 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dib's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 4, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dib's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dib's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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