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Rin is a farmer from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

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August 10, 2020

Rin is a 76-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters and nine grandchildren. Her husband passed away nearly 20 years ago, and now she lives with her middle daughter. She is mostly retired now, and spends most of her time with her grandchildren, telling them stories and cooking meals for them. In her free time she likes to listen to prayers by the monks on the radio.

Ten years ago, Rin 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 Rin learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there seeking treatment. On August 10th, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

Rin said, “My hope is that after surgery I can see well enough to do my sewing again. I want to make some clothes for my grandchildren.”

Rin is a 76-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters and nine grandchildren. Her husband passed away nearly 20 years ago, and ...

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Rin's Timeline

  • August 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 10, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rin 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.

  • August 11, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 17, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Rin's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Rin is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Rin'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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Dorcas is a young girl from Tanzania. She is a fourth born child in a family of four children. She is still in kindergarten but hopefully will continue to class one once the COVID-19 crisis improves. Dorcas was born with a condition called Syndactyly where her fingers are fused together making it hard for her to utilize them easily. Dorcas was taken to the hospital by her mother to try to correct her fingers when she was three years old but unfortunately they were unable to correct her condition. Since her parents' passing, Dorcas has been staying with her aunt. They have not been able to seek treatment for her due to the cost of hospital fees. Dorcas' aunt has four children of her own and also looks after Dorcas full-time as her parent. Dorcas' aunt was advised by her pastor to bring her to our medical partner's clinic for treatment. Dorcas has been scheduled to have both of her little fingers released, but her aunt cannot afford the cost of treatment and they are now asking for help. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Dorcas receive treatment. On October 14th, surgeons at our medical partner's care center will perform a hand surgery so that she will be able to use her fingers with ease. Now, she needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Dorcas' aunt shared, "I believe this surgery will help her have more use of her hands and reduce the challenges she is going through due to her fingers being joined together."

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