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Success! Chhin from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

Chhin
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chhin's treatment was fully funded on December 26, 2016.

Photo of Chhin post-operation

January 20, 2017

Chhin can see clearly again.

Chhin’s eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection.

Chhin returned home after surgery, and he has not returned for the same treatment in his left eye. Returning to the clinic can be difficult for patients, as it requires them to take time off work and travel with a family escort. Now that vision has been restored to one eye, however, the second surgery is less urgent than the first. Treatment will be free whenever Chhin returns.

“I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again,” he says. “I can do any work at home easily and go anywhere outside well. I can go by myself without needing to bother others to go with me.”

Chhin's eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given ...

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October 21, 2016

Meet Chhin, a 73-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married with two sons, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray.

Six months ago, Chhin developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. This causes him blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for him to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside.

“I hope my eye can see everything clearly again,” shares Chhin, “Then, I can go anywhere outside.”

After learning about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, Chhin and his daughter traveled three hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Chhin’s sight.

On October 21, Chhin underwent cataract surgery, during which his old lenses were removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants. He needs help to fund this $292 procedure.

Meet Chhin, a 73-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married with two sons, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pago...

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Chhin's Timeline

  • October 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 21, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhin 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.

  • November 29, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhin's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 20, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Chhin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.