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

Vat
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Vat's treatment was fully funded on July 15, 2021.

Photo of Vat post-operation

July 14, 2021

Vat underwent cataract surgery.

Vat was thrilled to have surgery to improve his vision. He will rest for a few days and apply eye drops several times a day to aid in healing. He is already able to read his religious books and happy he can teach the younger monks at his pagoda.

Vat shares, “Thank you to the strangers who supported my surgery. I feel more confident that I can help my community and not be a burden to them.”

Vat was thrilled to have surgery to improve his vision. He will rest for a few days and apply eye drops several times a day to aid in heali...

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June 4, 2021

Vat is a 67-year-old monk with two daughters, four sons, and 11 grandchildren. Vat’s wife passed away 10 years ago. Since then, he has become a monk and lives at the pagoda. He likes to help teach the young monks about Khmer literature.

Five years ago, Vat developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Vat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled with his son seeking treatment. On June 4th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery 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.

Vat shared, “I hope after surgery I can see well so I can teach well in the pagoda and travel to join in for ceremonies.”

Vat is a 67-year-old monk with two daughters, four sons, and 11 grandchildren. Vat's wife passed away 10 years ago. Since then, he has becom...

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Vat's Timeline

  • June 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Vat was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vat 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.

  • June 8, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vat's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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

Kishimwi

Kishimwi is a playful and friendly young boy who is currently having a hard time walking. Kishimwi has a younger sibling, and his parents are small-scale maize and vegetable farmers who grow food for their family. His father also works as a hawker selling Maasai beads, belts and sandals in order to make extra income. Kishimwi was diagnosed with genu valgus, causing his legs to bend inward to form knock knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Kishimwi's parents noticed a slight bent in his leg when he was three years old, but became alarmed when the problem worsened over the past year to the point where walking became difficult. Kishimwi experiences pain when participating in daily activities, so his parents decided to seek treatment for him at a local hospital in their village. The family was advised to give Kishimwi foods containing high calcium and calcium supplements to strengthen his bones and prevent his legs from bending further. However, the effects were negligible and Kishimwi's legs became more bent. Fortunately, an older patient's parent told the family about Watsi's medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), and the family traveled to the hospital hoping for treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Kishimwi. The procedure will take place on June 29th. Treatment will hopefully restore Kishimwi's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Kishimwi’s father hopes his son's pain will be alleviated after this care, "We have used medication and foods containing high calcium but none has helped. Please help treat my son because as you can see his legs are badly affected."

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