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

Ray
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ray's treatment was fully funded on October 21, 2018.

Photo of Ray post-operation

October 19, 2018

Ray underwent cataract surgery.

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

She says, “I am happy that I can see clearly again. I look forward to going to the local pagoda and outside on my own.”

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

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October 14, 2018

Ray is a grandmother from Cambodia. She has five daughters, two sons, and 20 grandchildren. She is a rice farmer. She likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Three months ago, Ray developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her cloudy vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ray learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 15, doctors will perform a small incision 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 want to see my grandchildren’s faces and be able to go outside independently.”

Ray is a grandmother from Cambodia. She has five daughters, two sons, and 20 grandchildren. She is a rice farmer. She likes to listen to the...

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Ray's Timeline

  • October 14, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ray was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 15, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ray 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.

  • October 19, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ray's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 19, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ray's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 21, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ray'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 Ray'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.