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Yun from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

Yun
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yun's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.
July 21, 2017

Yun underwent cataract surgery.

Yun received successful cataract treatment from CSC. However, he was discharged before our medical partner’s nurses were able to conduct an interview after his operation, so we are unfortunately unable to provide an update photo.

Yun received successful cataract treatment from CSC. However, he was discharged before our medical partner's nurses were able to conduct an ...

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May 26, 2017

Yun is a 72-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married with four sons and six grandchildren. Yun likes to go to the nearby pagoda to listen to monks pray in his free time.

He developed a cataract in each eye about one year ago, which caused him blurred vision and tearing. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, do any kind of work, and walk on his own.

Yun heard about medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his daughter. He traveled for three hours with his son for treatment. After a small incision cataract surgery and a lens implant in each eye, Yun will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $292 for the procedure, which is scheduled for May 26.

Yun is a 72-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married with four sons and six grandchildren. Yun likes to go to the nearby pagoda to listen t...

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Yun's Timeline

  • May 26, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 26, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yun 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.

  • June 05, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 21, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Yun. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Yun'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.