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

Eam
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Eam's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2020.

Photo of Eam post-operation

September 23, 2020

Eam underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Eam’s procedure was successful, and she has been discharged home from the hospital with eye-drop medication. A two-week follow up has been scheduled in order to check the progress of her healing. She will have improved visual acuity and will no longer experience itching, sensitivity to light, or other discomforts. After fully recovering, Eam can return to her work.

Eam said that, “I am happy that seeing everything will be easy now. I can work well by myself and do more to help take care of my family.”

Eam's procedure was successful, and she has been discharged home from the hospital with eye-drop medication. A two-week follow up has been s...

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July 7, 2020

Eam is a 62-year-old mother of five from Cambodia. She has two sons and three daughters. She sells gasoline along the roadway to support her children. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter. Her older sons often bring her grandchildren over to play, and she enjoys going on walks with them.

5 years ago, Eam developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Eam learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On July 7th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Eam shared, “My children need me to see well so I can work and support our families. I hope that my eyes get better quickly after surgery and I don’t have to worry.”

Eam is a 62-year-old mother of five from Cambodia. She has two sons and three daughters. She sells gasoline along the roadway to support her...

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Eam's Timeline

  • July 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 07, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Eam 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.

  • July 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eam's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 23, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Eam's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 27, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Eam's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Eam'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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Ampaire is a 30-year-old mother from Uganda. She is a mother of two children. Ampaire is the last born in a family of eleven children and has two brothers and eight sisters, all of whom are married and are small scale farmers. When she was younger, she didn't have enough money to further her studies past senior four level, so she decided to do a course in nursery teaching. She currently makes a living from teaching in a nearby nursery school, and also does some small scale farming to earn a little extra support for their family. Ampaire came to the hospital with a history of two previous C-sections. Her first C-section was in 2011 due to fetal distress, and the second one in 2019 was due to was poor progress in the baby's development. For her current pregnancy, she has attended antenatal care at Nyakibale Hospital six times, and it was during her last visit that doctors recommended she deliver through a caesarean section. This would help prevent complications like uterine rupture that may occur while attempting to deliver normally. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ampaire receive this procedure. They are requesting $252 to fund her procedure. On January 26th, surgeons at their care center will perform a C-section surgery that will allow her to deliver her baby safely. Ampaire shared, “My prayer is to have a successful delivery of my baby and regain my health after surgery so that I can continue taking care of my family.”

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