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Success! Chon from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Chon
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chon's treatment was fully funded on August 21, 2021.

Photo of Chon post-operation

August 9, 2021

Chon underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Chon traveled to our medical partner CSC to have her surgery. She is thrilled with the results and will be able to see well enough to return to working in the rice fields to support her family. She is excited that she can travel to local pagodas with her husband when they are not working.

Chon said: “Thank you for helping me to have this surgery. I can recognize faces, help raise my grandchildren, and enjoy my life now that I can see clearly again.”

Chon traveled to our medical partner CSC to have her surgery. She is thrilled with the results and will be able to see well enough to return...

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July 20, 2021

Chon is a 55-year-old farmer with three sons and four grandchildren. She lives and works seasonally with her husband and her youngest son. When not working, Chon likes to travel to religious ceremonies, cook, and watch dramas on TV.

Three years ago, Chon developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, sensitivity to light, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Chon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On July 20th, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, Chon will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to help fund this procedure.

Chon cheerfully shares, “I hope that after my surgery I will see everything clearly, so that it is easier for me to work and take care of my family. I also want to be more independent.”

Chon is a 55-year-old farmer with three sons and four grandchildren. She lives and works seasonally with her husband and her youngest son. W...

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Chon's Timeline

  • July 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chon 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.

  • July 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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