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Success! Ky from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Ky
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ky's treatment was fully funded on November 14, 2020.

Photo of Ky post-operation

March 9, 2020

Ky underwent cataract surgery.

Ky’s surgery was quick and successful, and she has now regained sight in her right eye. Ky spent one night in the hospital ward and has now returned to her homeland in her province. She is required to rest and apply antibiotic eye drops multiple times per day to prevent infection. Ky’s daughter-in-law feels very happy that Ky can see everything and everyone clearly again, unlike before. She is glad that Ky can return to her normal activities and she can go anywhere she want’s to outside without having to worry about her.

“I am feeling so much better than before now that my eyes can see everything clearly. I can help myself again, help my family around the house, and can return to work at the rice field,” Ky said.

Ky's surgery was quick and successful, and she has now regained sight in her right eye. Ky spent one night in the hospital ward and has now ...

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February 3, 2020

Ky is a 65-year-old mother of five from Cambodia. She has five sons and enjoys looking after her eleven grandchildren when she has free time.

One year ago, Ky developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ky learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On February 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

“I hope that I will be able to help look after my grandchildren again,” Ky shared.

Ky is a 65-year-old mother of five from Cambodia. She has five sons and enjoys looking after her eleven grandchildren when she has free time...

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Ky's Timeline

  • February 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ky was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 3, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ky 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.

  • February 3, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ky's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 9, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ky's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 14, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ky's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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