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Success! Choeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery so she can see well and be independent.

Choeun
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$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Choeun's treatment was fully funded on February 28, 2022.

Photo of Choeun post-operation

March 14, 2022

Choeun underwent eye surgery so she can see well and be independent.

Choeun had successful surgery to restore her vision. She is delighted at how well she can see, as she assumed her poor eyesight was going to be permanent. She can resume taking care of her niece’s house and hopes to visit the local pagoda soon to listen to the monks pray.

Choeun said: “Thank you. I am so appreciative of CSC’s help to improve my sight. My family is pleased I can see well again and be more independent.”

Choeun had successful surgery to restore her vision. She is delighted at how well she can see, as she assumed her poor eyesight was going to...

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January 6, 2022

Choeun is a 68-year-old woman who lives with and is supported by her niece, who is a rice and vegetable farmer. She helps her niece around the house and likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

One year ago, Choeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her poor vision. She has difficulty seeing in very bright or low light and needs support to walk outside, as she is fearful she will fall.

When Choeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 6th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and 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.

“I hope after surgery I can see well. I want to be able to go outside, and take care of myself and my family,” Choeun shared.

Choeun is a 68-year-old woman who lives with and is supported by her niece, who is a rice and vegetable farmer. She helps her niece around t...

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Choeun's Timeline

  • January 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 6, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Choeun 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 7, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Choeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Choeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Choeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.