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Success! Deab from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so that she can see well again.

Deab
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
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$0
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Fully funded
Deab's treatment was fully funded on December 2, 2022.

Photo of Deab post-operation

December 17, 2022

Deab underwent cataract surgery so that she can see well again.

Deab had successful surgery and can now see more clearly and go outside without squinting to see. She will rest for several days and apply prescription eye drops to reduce the chance of infection. The surgery will allow her to be more independent; she won’t be afraid of falling when she goes outside, and she can use the stove to cook for her family.

Deab said: “I’m so happy I can see. I can take my grandchildren to school, and cook for them. I never thought I would see so well again. Thank you to the staff and the donors who helped.”

Deab had successful surgery and can now see more clearly and go outside without squinting to see. She will rest for several days and apply p...

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November 1, 2022

Deab is a 65-year-old retired rice farmer. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her younger daughter, who helps to support her. Her daughter is a garment worker in a local factory. At home, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio, and walk her grandchildren to school.

Three years ago, Deab developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own.

When Deab learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 1st, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and implant a new lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Dear said: “I hope after surgery I can see better. I hope to go outside without problems, take care of my grandchildren, and join the ceremonies at my pagoda.”

Deab is a 65-year-old retired rice farmer. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her younger daughte...

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Deab's Timeline

  • November 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 1, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Deab 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.

  • November 3, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Deab's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Deab's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Deab's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Deab's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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Thet

Thet is a 35 year old husband and father, who lives with his wife, son and in-laws in Mon State in Burma. Both Thet and his wife work in his uncle's grocery store, while his in laws are farmers. When he isn't working, Thet enjoys spending time with his son and reading. In November 2018, Thet started to experience tiredness when working, and frequent headaches. He also had a rapid heartbeat, and he couldn't sleep well. He went to a hospital in Mawlamyine, where he was referred to a different hospital in Yangon for further treatment. At the hospital in Yangon, Thet was diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation and stenosis, which would require surgery to correct. Thet was sent home with medications to manage his condition. In March 2022, Thet went back to the hospital in Yangon, because of continuing fatigue, headaches, coughing and fever. The doctor told him they would contact him to schedule his surgery in May, but Thet never heard back from the hospital. When Thet told his neighbor about this, his neighbor gave him the phone number of a heart patient who had been helped by our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Thet followed up, and thanks to the assistance of Burma Children Medical Fund, he is finally scheduled for surgery to replace the valve in his heart on October 13th, at Pun Hlaing Hospital. Now Thet needs your help to fund the $1,500 to cover the cost of this surgery. "I have sold all my jewelry to pay for the cost of traveling to the hospital. I feel less stressed since I met the BCMF staff,” said Thet.

73% funded

73%funded
$1,107raised
$393to go

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