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

Yorn
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yorn's treatment was fully funded on August 18, 2021.

Photo of Yorn post-operation

August 3, 2021

Yorn underwent cataract surgery.

Yorn had a successful surgery and was able to return home for her recovery. After the procedure when she took her eye patch off, Yorn was extremely pleased that she could see so much more clearly than she had been able to for many years. She looks forward to being able to visit the community pagoda by herself again.

Smiling, Yorn shared, “I will be able to walk outside and see better than before. I would like to thank those who help people like me to see better.”

Yorn had a successful surgery and was able to return home for her recovery. After the procedure when she took her eye patch off, Yorn was ex...

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June 21, 2021

Yorn is a 70-year-old woman with one son and one grandchild. Yorn lives with her son, who is a grocery seller. Tragically, Yorn’s husband died in a landmine explosion 40 years ago. At home, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and watching the news on TV.

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

When Yorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for an hour with her son seeking treatment. On June 21st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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.

Yorn shared, “I hope I can see better so I can get around easily on my own and go to join ceremonies at the pagoda.”

Yorn is a 70-year-old woman with one son and one grandchild. Yorn lives with her son, who is a grocery seller. Tragically, Yorn's husband d...

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Yorn's Timeline

  • June 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yorn 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

    Yorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 18, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.