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Success! Phal from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

Phal
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phal's treatment was fully funded on January 18, 2021.

Photo of Phal post-operation

January 19, 2021

Phal underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

Phal’s vision was starting to deteriorate and she was unable to recognize faces or go outside on her own. She traveled to our medical partner CSC, where doctors removed her cataract, and implanted an intraocular lens. After a short course of eye drops to decrease inflammation and aid healing, her vision has already improved. She is able to do things by herself, and visit the pagoda, which she shared is her favorite pastime.

“I’m glad I can see, I can recognize people, I can go to plant rice and take care of my family,” Phal told us with a smile.

Phal's vision was starting to deteriorate and she was unable to recognize faces or go outside on her own. She traveled to our medical partne...

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November 20, 2020

Phal is a 56-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons and three grandchildren. Phal lives with her youngest son since her husband passed away five years ago. In her free time Phal enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and visiting the pagoda.

One year ago, Phal developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Phal learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her son seeking treatment. On November 20th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Phal said, “Life as a widow and older woman is very difficult with poor vision, my eyesight is important for me and my business.”

Phal is a 56-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons and three grandchildren. Phal lives with her youngest son since her husban...

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Phal's Timeline

  • November 20, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 20, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phal 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.

  • November 21, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 18, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phal's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

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Funded by 5 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.