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Success! Touch from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Touch
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$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Touch's treatment was fully funded on March 6, 2021.

Photo of Touch post-operation

March 9, 2021

Touch underwent a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Touch has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and medication to reduce pain and prevent infection. Touch’s post-operative swelling has started to go down, and her vision has already improved. Thanks to her surgery, she will be able to go about her daily life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation.

Her granddaughter told us, “I am happy my grandmother is more confident to go outside. She can see well and go places by herself.”

Touch has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and medication to reduce pain and prevent infection. Touch's p...

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January 19, 2021

Touch is a grandmother from Cambodia. She is now a widow and a mother to two daughters and eight grandchildren. Touch lives on a rice plantation, but now she no longer farms due to her age. She lives with her oldest daughter, who is a primary school teacher. Her husband passed away from hypertension five years ago. When she has free time, Touch likes to pray along with the monks on her radio and visit the pagoda on holy days.

Two years ago, Touch developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her sensitivity to light and glare, tearing, and clouded vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On January 19th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Touch shared, “I hope after surgery I can see better, help my daughter with the grandchildren, do housework, and on the holy days visit the pagoda.”

Touch is a grandmother from Cambodia. She is now a widow and a mother to two daughters and eight grandchildren. Touch lives on a rice planta...

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Touch's Timeline

  • January 19, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Touch was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 19, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Touch 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.

  • January 20, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Touch's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 6, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Touch's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Touch's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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

Shee is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. In 2016, Shee and her family moved to a refugee camp in Thailand. There she has been able to continue her studies. Shee graduated from the junior college and now helps her cousin-in-law weave and sell traditional Karen clothes. She shared that it has been difficult for her family to find work within the camp at this time, but she hopes to become a teacher soon. In her free time, Shee enjoys playing with her nephews. In February, Shee began to develop a mass and experience pain in her abdomen, so she visited the camp's hospital. Upon review, she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and given medication. Since the mass continued to grow, Shee was referred to her our medical partner's hospital, Mae Sariang Hospital, in early April. After receiving an ultrasound, the doctors determined Shee has an ovarian cyst and needs to undergo surgery to heal. Currently, Shee experiences severe pain that makes it challenging for her to sleep, eat, or continue her weaving. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help Shee receive treatment. On April 20th, she will undergo surgery to remove the cyst. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund the total cost of this procedure. Shee shared, "I am not worried about my operation because I hope it will fix my health problem. I would like to become a teacher in the future because I like teaching. After I recover, I plan to apply at a school in the refugee camp."

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$1,004raised
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