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Success! Han from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract surgery.

Han
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Han's treatment was fully funded on January 14, 2020.

Photo of Han post-operation

October 14, 2019

Han underwent cataract surgery.

Han has returned home after a successful operation. Han’s vision has been restored, and he will be able to work and go about his daily life with improved vision.

Han said, “I am so happy that my eye surgery was successful and that I can see everything more clearly than before. I am able to continue my work as a chef and can go anywhere I want to on my own.”

Han has returned home after a successful operation. Han's vision has been restored, and he will be able to work and go about his daily life ...

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September 10, 2019

Han is a 63-year-old chef from Cambodia. He has four children, eight grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and preparing food for others.

One month ago, Han developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Han learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On September 11, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure.

“I hope that once my surgery is complete, I will be able to see clearly again and can return to my work as a chef.”

Han is a 63-year-old chef from Cambodia. He has four children, eight grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and ...

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Han's Timeline

  • September 10, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Han was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 11, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Han 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.

  • September 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Han's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Han's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 14, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Han'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 $211 for Han's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$125
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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.