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Lam from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Lam
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lam's treatment was fully funded on August 21, 2016.
October 12, 2016

Lam did not receive surgery as planned.

Unfortunately Lam left the Children’s Surgical Center (CSC) before his surgery was able to take place. Patients sometimes leave for a variety of reasons that come up, whether it be a family obligation or simply changing their mind. While we are not certain why Lam left the center exactly, he’ll be re-eligible for Watsi funding and for treatment if he returns.

Unfortunately Lam left the Children’s Surgical Center (CSC) before his surgery was able to take place. Patients sometimes leave for a variet...

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July 26, 2016

Meet Lam, a 67-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Lam is married with one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Two years ago, Lam 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.

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

With $225, Lam 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 Lam, a 67-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Lam is married with one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pago...

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Lam's Timeline

  • July 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 26, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Lam was scheduled to receive 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.

  • August 10, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lam's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 12, 2016
    FUNDING ENDED

    Lam is no longer raising funds.

  • October 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lam's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 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.