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Vorn is an elderly woman from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund sight-restoring surgery.

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May 13, 2020

Vorn is a 81-year-old former rice farmer from Cambodia. Vorn has one son, four daughters, ten grandchildren. She and her husband are rice farmers, but she does not work much anymore. They all are living together in one house. Vorn and her husband like to spend time with their grandchildren, telling them old stories and teaching them about farming. Vorn enjoys going to the pagoda to join in ceremonies. If she cannot go to the pagoda, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

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

When Vorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled a long distance seeking treatment. On May 13th, 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.

“I hope that I can see everything better. Then I will watch my grandchildren do farming and I wish I can walk to the pagoda by myself and continue to get more meditation there,” Vorn said.

Vorn is a 81-year-old former rice farmer from Cambodia. Vorn has one son, four daughters, ten grandchildren. She and her husband are rice fa...

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Vorn's Timeline

  • May 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 13, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vorn 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.

  • May 14, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Vorn 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 Vorn'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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