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Success! Thal from Cambodia raised $225 for surgery to restore his vision.

Thal
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
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$0
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Fully funded
Thal's treatment was fully funded on September 6, 2016.

Photo of Thal post-operation

October 18, 2016

Thal successfully had vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Thal’s eye cataract was successfully removed from his left eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection. He went home after the first surgery and has yet to return to have the same operation completed in the other eye. Because returning to the clinic requires taking a day off from work and usually a family escort, he may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because he left with clear vision in one eye, his problems with blurred vision are less of a burden making the second surgery a less immediate priority than the first. The second surgery will be free whenever he returns.

Thal shares, “I feel very happy that I can see everything clear again so that I can do work in the fields and go anywhere outside by myself easily.”

Thal's eye cataract was successfully removed from his left eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye...

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July 25, 2016

Thal is a 75-year-old rice farmer living in Cambodia with his wife, one son, three daughters, and four grandchildren. He enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

One year ago, Thal developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision. Since then, he has been unable to work on his farm, or leave his home without assistance. He and his son traveled to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for further assistance.

The doctors at CSC have recommended surgical intervention to alleviate his symptoms. They proposed a small incision cataract surgery (SCIS) and an intraocular lens implant (IOL) in each eye, which will replace his internal lenses with artificial lenses, and restore his vision to full clarity. In total, the procedure, supplies, drugs, and three days of inpatient care will cost $225.

After full recovery, Thal will have regained clear vision, and be able to do his work independently.

Thal is a 75-year-old rice farmer living in Cambodia with his wife, one son, three daughters, and four grandchildren. He enjoys listening to...

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Thal's Timeline

  • July 25, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thal was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • July 25, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thal 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.

  • September 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 6, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thal's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 18, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.