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Success! Horn from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery.

Horn
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Horn's treatment was fully funded on February 2, 2021.

Photo of Horn post-operation

January 25, 2021

Horn underwent eye surgery.

Horn’s procedure was successful. She has now returned home to her province with eye-drop medication and a follow-up visit has been scheduled for an eye exam.

Horn shared, “I feel grateful that I can see everything clearly. I can join the ceremonies at the pagoda by myself and take care of my grandchildren at home again.”

Horn's procedure was successful. She has now returned home to her province with eye-drop medication and a follow-up visit has been scheduled...

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September 21, 2020

Horn is a 78-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Horn was married with three daughters, four sons, and fifteen grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter now. Horn’s husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime. She shared that she really enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

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

When Horn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her niece seeking treatment. On September 21st, doctors will perform phacoemulsification (phaco) 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.

Horn said, “I hope my eye gets better so I can do my work well and take care of my myself.”

Horn is a 78-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Horn was married with three daughters, four sons, and fifteen grandchildren. She lives with...

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Horn's Timeline

  • September 21, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 21, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Horn 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 22, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Horn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Horn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 02, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Horn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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