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Success! Ra from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Ra
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ra's treatment was fully funded on February 9, 2021.

Photo of Ra post-operation

February 1, 2021

Ra underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Ra’s surgery was a success! Now, Ra will be able to see better and recognize faces of people he knows. He will also be able to ride his motorbike and return to his job, which he is relieved about.

Ra and his wife are very happy, and shared, “I feel very happy that I can see well and can drive my motorbike to go to work by myself.”

Ra's surgery was a success! Now, Ra will be able to see better and recognize faces of people he knows. He will also be able to ride his moto...

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October 6, 2020

Ra is a 57-year-old house painter from Cambodia. He is married and has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Ra’s wife is a garlic seller. He enjoys watching Khmer dramas and the news on TV.

Five years ago, Ra developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision, tearing, photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ra learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours with his wife seeking treatment. On October 6th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Ra said, “I hope I can see everything clearer than now after my eye surgery so I can do my job and drive my motorbike anywhere.”

Ra is a 57-year-old house painter from Cambodia. He is married and has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Ra's wife is a garlic s...

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Ra's Timeline

  • October 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ra was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ra 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.

  • October 06, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 01, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ra's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 09, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ra's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.