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

Vorn
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vorn's treatment was fully funded on September 15, 2019.

Photo of Vorn post-operation

July 10, 2019

Vorn underwent cataract surgery.

Vorn has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Vorn’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of life. She looks forward to being able to go places independently and see her children’s faces.

Vorn has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Vorn’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of li...

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July 7, 2019

Vorn is a 68-year-old mother of two from Cambodia. She has one son and one daughter, and enjoys going for walks along the river in her free time.

One month ago, Vorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and irritation. 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 for five and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 8, 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 $211 procedure.

She says, “I hope that after my surgery I am able to cook and help take care of the house and my grandchild.”

Vorn is a 68-year-old mother of two from Cambodia. She has one son and one daughter, and enjoys going for walks along the river in her free ...

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Vorn's Timeline

  • July 7, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 08, 2019
    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.

  • July 08, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 15, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vorn's treatment was fully funded.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Vorn'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.