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

Kakrona
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kakrona's treatment was fully funded on December 13, 2019.

Photo of Kakrona post-operation

October 19, 2019

Kakrona underwent cataract surgery.

Kakrona has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Kakrona’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve his quality of life. He looks forward to returning to his family and toys in the village.

Kakrona’s mother said, “I am so thankful that my son’s operation went well and he can see clearly and I no longer have to worry about his condition.”

Kakrona has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Kakrona’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve his quality...

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October 2, 2019

Kakrona is a 15-month-old boy from Cambodia. He likes to go on rides around the village and play with his toy cars.

Since he was three months old, Kakrona developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Kakrona learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 02, doctors will perform lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure.

Kakrona’s father said, “I hope that my son will recover from his surgery and will be able to see clearly and can attend school in the future.”

Kakrona is a 15-month-old boy from Cambodia. He likes to go on rides around the village and play with his toy cars. Since he was three mo...

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Kakrona's Timeline

  • October 2, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kakrona 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 08, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kakrona's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 19, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kakrona's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 13, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kakrona's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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