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Success! Linda from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

Linda
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  • $398 raised, $0 to go
$398
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Linda's treatment was fully funded on October 1, 2018.

Photo of Linda post-operation

September 21, 2018

Linda underwent cataract surgery.

Linda has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Linda’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of life.

Her mother said, “I am very happy that my daughter’s vision is good and I won’t worry about her going blind in the future.”

Linda has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Linda’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of ...

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September 3, 2018

Linda is a two-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has one older brother. She likes to play with her toys at home.

In infancy, Linda developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Linda learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On September 4, doctors will perform a lensectomy surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure.

Her mother says, “I worry, and I want my daughter to be able to see well so that she can go to school soon.”

Linda is a two-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has one older brother. She likes to play with her toys at home. In infancy, Linda develop...

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Linda's Timeline

  • September 3, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Linda was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 04, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Linda received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 05, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Linda's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 21, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Linda's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Linda's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Linda's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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.