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Success! Mom from Cambodia raised $225 for cataract surgery to restore her vision.

Mom
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Mom's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2016.

Photo of Mom post-operation

May 18, 2016

Mom underwent vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, performed a short procedure during which both of Mom’s cloudy lenses were replaced with clear implants. This operation went very well, and Mom can see clearly once more. She is now much more independent and able to return to her normal daily life.

Mom can see clearly again for the first time in five months. With restored vision, she looks forward to working and going outdoors by herself.

Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, performed a short procedure during which both of Mom's cloudy lenses were replaced with cle...

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February 29, 2016

Mom is a 53-year-old woman from Cambodia. She enjoys talking with her neighbors and doing work around her home. She is married with two sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

“Mom developed a cataract in each eye 5 months ago,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “This causes her blurred vision, itchiness, irritation, cloudy lenses, and she is afraid of sunshine.”

Mom is unable to see clearly, work, or go anywhere outside on her own. For $225 Mom will receive a surgery to remove the clouded lenses in her eyes and replace them with clear implants. Mom will be able to see clearly again within the day.

“I hope I will see clearly again,” shares Mom about her hopes after surgery. And with cleared vision, Mom adds: “I can make Khmer cake, sell fruit at home to earn some money to support my family, and easily go anywhere outside.”

Mom is a 53-year-old woman from Cambodia. She enjoys talking with her neighbors and doing work around her home. She is married with two sons...

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Mom's Timeline

  • February 29, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mom was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 29, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mom 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.

  • March 18, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mom's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 18, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.