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Hak from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

Hak
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  • $398 raised, $0 to go
$398
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Hak's treatment was fully funded on July 13, 2018.
July 13, 2018

Hak did not receive treatment as expected.

Hak’s doctors discovered she had a fever so they decided to postpone the surgery until she is completely healthy and feeling better. She will come back soon for the operation, at which point she will be re-eligible for Watsi funding.

Hak's doctors discovered she had a fever so they decided to postpone the surgery until she is completely healthy and feeling better. She wil...

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July 10, 2018

Hak is a 16-month-old girl from Cambodia. She is an only child. She likes to play with toys at home.

Ten months ago, Hak developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly.

When Hak’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On July 11, doctors will perform a lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, her family needs help to fund this $398 procedure.

Her mother says, “I worry about my daughter’s vision. I worry that she is blind. I hope surgery can fix this.”

Hak is a 16-month-old girl from Cambodia. She is an only child. She likes to play with toys at home. Ten months ago, Hak developed a cata...

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Hak's Timeline

  • July 10, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hak was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 11, 2018
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Hak was scheduled to receive 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.

  • July 11, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 13, 2018
    FUNDING ENDED

    Hak is no longer raising funds.

  • July 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hak's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Hak's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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.