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Success! Ra from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Ra
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ra's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2022.

Photo of Ra post-operation

February 9, 2022

Ra underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, has shared that Ra’s cataract surgery was a success! As her eye has healed, her vision has improved, and she’s already feeling more independent. Ra looks forward to returning to the pagoda to cook for the monks, and to taking walks outside without her fear of falling.

Ra said: “I am relieved that I am not blind in my eye anymore. I can see the faces of my grandchildren clearly, and walk them to school every day. I feel so happy to be outside again and not need help to walk. Thank you to everyone who helped me to have this surgery so I can enjoy my family in my remaining years.”

Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, has shared that Ra's cataract surgery was a success! As her eye has healed, her vision has ...

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January 4, 2022

Ra is a 66-year-old mother of two with one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Ra lives with her daughter, who is a garment worker. She also enjoys visiting the pagoda to join in the ceremonies.

Two years ago, Ra developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside.

When Ra learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 4th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Ra shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see better. I want to walk by myself easily and help to look after my grandchildren.”

Ra is a 66-year-old mother of two with one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Ra lives with her daughter, who is a garment worker. S...

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Ra's Timeline

  • January 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ra 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.

  • January 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ra's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 9, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ra's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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