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

Yeun
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  • $398 raised, $0 to go
$398
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$0
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Fully funded
Yeun's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Yeun post-operation

July 28, 2017

Yeun underwent cataract surgery.

Her eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. She will return soon for the same surgery on her left eye.

Yeun says, “I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again so that I can continue my work on the farm, do some housework, and do other types of work easily. I can also go anywhere outside by myself.”

Her eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye...

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July 4, 2017

Yeun is a 61-year-old rice farmer who is married and has one son, four daughters, and seven grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to go to the pagoda to listen to monks pray, visit her children and relatives in the countryside, and participate in ceremonies.

About eight months ago, Yeun developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused her to experience blurred vision, tearing, and an extreme sensitivity to light. It is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, work, and go anywhere by herself.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant for each of Yeun’s eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 4 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Yeun’s vision to its former state and allow her to live more comfortably.

Yeun is a 61-year-old rice farmer who is married and has one son, four daughters, and seven grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to go...

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Yeun's Timeline

  • July 4, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 4, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yeun 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.

  • July 11, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Yeun'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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Dar is a 21-day-old baby girl who lives with her parents and her brother in a village in the border area of Karen State in Burma. Dar was born at home with the help of a traditional birth attendant. Two days after she was born, Dar's mother noticed a problem when Dar was passing stool. She told Dar’s father to call a medic from the clinic to their home. The medic realized that Dar was born with a anorectal condition and shared with Dar’s mother that baby Dar would urgently need surgery to receive a colostomy. Dar’s parents are subsistence farmers who grow rice and raise chickens. They also forage for vegetables in the jungle and go fishing when they want to eat fish. To purchase staples that they cannot produce such as salt and oil, Dar’s father works as an agricultural day labourer during the rainy season. However, since the rainy season has not yet begun, they currently have no income. However, their daily needs are fulfilled from living off the land. If they are sick and need to seek treatment, they go to the free clinic in their village run by Burma Medical Association (BMA). Fortunately our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund is helping Dar's family access the medical care she needs. They need help raising $1,500 to fund the treatment she needs. “We had to borrow money so far for Dar’s treatment and my husband cannot work,” said Dar’s mother. “I want to send my baby to school until she graduates so that she can become educated. I want this for her future because I only went to school until grade four. After she completes her studies, she can become whatever she wants one day.”

56% funded

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$840raised
$660to go

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