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Success! Morn from Cambodia raised $292 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Morn
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
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$0
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Fully funded
Morn's treatment was fully funded on November 18, 2016.

Photo of Morn post-operation

January 9, 2017

Morn underwent successful cataract surgery.

Morn’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection.

Morn returned home after surgery, and she has not returned for the same treatment in her right eye. Returning to the clinic can be difficult for patients, as it requires them to take time off work and travel with a family escort. Now that vision has been restored to one eye, however, the second surgery is less urgent than the first. Treatment will be free whenever Morn returns.

“I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again,” says Morn. “I can easily plant crops around my home and do any work easily. I can go anywhere without needing to ask others to go with me.”

Morn's eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given e...

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September 2, 2016

Meet Morn, a 70-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Morn is married with one son, four daughters, and 10 grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

One year ago, Morn developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. “This causes her blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for her to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside,” CSC explains.

“I hope my eyes can see everything clearly again,” shares Morn, “Then, I can work at home and go anywhere outside.”

After learning about CSC, Morn and her daughter travelled two hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Morn’s sight.

With $292, Morn will undergo cataract surgery, during which her old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing her to see again immediately after her operation.

Meet Morn, a 70-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Morn is married with one son, four daughters, and 10 grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the p...

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Morn's Timeline

  • September 2, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 2, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Morn 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.

  • October 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Morn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 18, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Morn's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Morn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Morn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.

Sa

Sa is a 36-year-old woman who likes to sew clothes. She also enjoys doing household chores and making delicious curries. Her husband is a nightguard at a hospital. Since 2015, Sa started to experience pain in her back and her pelvic area. Since December, her pain has worsened which makes it hard for her to sleep. She shared that she is feeling increasingly worried and depressed since she first experienced the pain and realized that she was unwell. Watsi donors helped support a CT scan and doctors have now diagnosed her with bilateral ovarian cancer. To help treat her condition, her doctors advised Sa to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Sa's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Sa is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on February 25th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she is hopeful that she'll no longer be in pain and will have a better shot at recovering from cancer. Sa said, "I was very worried when I heard that I needed surgery and that it would cost a lot of money. I was worried that if the donors stopped helping me, where would I come up with enough money to pay for my surgery. I could not sleep last night, constantly worrying about my treatment cost. When I called BCMF's staff and they told me that donors could pay for my surgery, I felt so much better. Thank you everyone for helping me."

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$1,058raised
$442to go