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Success! Kou from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract surgery.

Kou
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kou's treatment was fully funded on December 7, 2018.

Photo of Kou post-operation

October 19, 2018

Kou underwent cataract surgery.

Kou has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Kou’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of life. She looks forward to being able to go places independently and see her grandchildren’s faces.

Her husband says, “My wife can see a lot better now. We are very happy with the results of her operation. Thank you.”

Kou has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Kou’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of life...

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October 16, 2018

Kou is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, four sons, and 11 grandchildren.

A year ago, Kou developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Kou learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 17, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure.

She says, “I look forward to spending time with my grandchildren.”

Kou is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, four sons, and 11 grandchildren. A year ago, Kou developed a cataract in her ...

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Kou's Timeline

  • October 16, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kou was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 17, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kou 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.

  • October 19, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kou's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 19, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kou's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 7, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kou's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Kou's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$125
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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.