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

Theara
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Theara's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2021.

Photo of Theara post-operation

December 29, 2021

Theara underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Theara felt very timid at the hospital and was afraid to leave his mother but was a very brave kid during his surgery! He will rest for a few days, and his mother will apply eye drops to help his eye heal. As his eye heals, his sight will continue to improve. Colors will be brighter for him, and he will be able to tolerate bright lights. He looks forward to playing with his brothers, and joining them in school next year.

Theara’s mother said: “My son can go to school and study soon like other boys. Thank you to all who paid for my son’s operation. He will grow up smart and strong!”

Theara felt very timid at the hospital and was afraid to leave his mother but was a very brave kid during his surgery! He will rest for a fe...

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November 26, 2021

Theara is a bright 6-year-old boy. He has three brothers and is the second child in the family. Theara’s mother is a garment worker, and his father is a construction worker. Theara is in kindergarten and, when he is not in school, he likes to play with toy cars and with his brothers.

When he was three months old, Theara developed a cataract in his left eye, causing poor vision, an inability to focus, and a noticeable white pupil. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside.

When Theara’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled there hoping for treatment. On November 26th, doctors will perform lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, Theara will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

His mother shared, “I want him can see clearly like other children after surgery. He can study well in school and be successful.”

Theara is a bright 6-year-old boy. He has three brothers and is the second child in the family. Theara's mother is a garment worker, and his...

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Theara's Timeline

  • November 26, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Theara 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 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Theara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Theara's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Theara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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