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

Ren
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ren's treatment was fully funded on March 25, 2022.

Photo of Ren post-operation

April 11, 2022

Ren underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Ren had successful surgery and has returned home with eye drops to continue her healing. She shared that she looks forward to baking again with her daughter and selling their delicious cakes in their community!

Ren’s daughter said, “I am relieved my mother’s eyesight will be better. It was difficult for her to bake and I was afraid she would burn herself because she did not see well. Thank you to the staff and the donors who helped my mother have this surgery.”

Ren had successful surgery and has returned home with eye drops to continue her healing. She shared that she looks forward to baking again w...

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January 3, 2022

Ren is a 70-year-old traditional Khmer cake seller from Cambodia. She has one daughter, four sons, and many grandchildren. Ren lives with her daughter who sells cakes with her as Ren’s husband passed away 20 years ago. At home she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

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

When Ren learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On January 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure.

Ren says, “I hope after surgery my eye can see well so I can help my daughter bake and sell cakes and take care of my grandchildren.”

Ren is a 70-year-old traditional Khmer cake seller from Cambodia. She has one daughter, four sons, and many grandchildren. Ren lives with he...

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Ren's Timeline

  • January 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ren 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.

  • January 3, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ren's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 25, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ren's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ren's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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

Saw Hsar is a 21-year-old man who lives with his mother, stepfather, and sister in a refugee camp in Hong Son Province. He used to live with his father in Burma, but he moved back to live with his mother in 2018 and hoped to receive treatment for an eye injury. His stepfather is a homemaker, while his mother weaves traditional Karen sarongs to sell. Saw Hsar stopped studying after he graduated from grade four, when he injured his eye. Currently, he is unemployed. In 2018, Saw Hsar began to experience blurry vision, and an inability to clearly see the objects around him. While he is comfortable moving around in his home, he needs someone with him when he leaves home, as he is afraid of tripping over unseen objects in his way, given his increasing inability to see clearly. Saw Hsar was diagnosed with a detached retina, which means that his retina has pulled away from the supporting tissue in his eye. Without the proper treatment, Saw Hsar could completely lose the vision in his eye. Saw Hsar is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach his retina on September 3rd, at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of Saw Hsar's procedure and care. After surgery, Saw Hsar's vision will hopefully be restored, and he will be able to resume his daily activities without his current limitations. He said, “I would like to see clearly like before. In the future, I will find a job and earn a living. I want to grow rice or vegetables on a farm, save money and support my family.”

92% funded

92%funded
$1,382raised
$118to go

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