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Success! Chin from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly and keep active.

Chin
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chin's treatment was fully funded on May 11, 2022.

Photo of Chin post-operation

May 18, 2022

Chin underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly and keep active.

Chin was so pleased her neighbor recommended that she travel to our medical partner CSC to have her cataract removed. After losing much of her vision in her right eye, it had become difficult for her to walk outside or cook for her children. Her older son was left with much of the work, and she told us that she felt ashamed she could not see well enough to be useful. After surgery, her eyesight has improved already, and she looks forward to returning to the field so her younger son can remain in school.

Chin said: “I feel grateful to the donors who supported my surgery so I can feed my family and go places by myself again. Thank you to the people who funded my surgery and hope that they continue to help Cambodians who need help.”

Chin was so pleased her neighbor recommended that she travel to our medical partner CSC to have her cataract removed. After losing much of h...

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February 14, 2022

Chin is a 51-year-old rice farmer with two sons and one grandchild. Chin’s elder son is a farmer and her younger son is a student. Chin likes to listen to the news on the radio.

Three years ago, Chin developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. As a result, Chin is very worried about falling when walking and has not been able to go places on her own.

When Chin learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours hoping to undergo treatment. On February 14th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in Chin’s right eye. CSC is helping Chin raise $229 to fund this procedure so she will be able to see clearly.

Chin shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I want to be able to plant rice well and help my son to take care of my grandchild.”

Chin is a 51-year-old rice farmer with two sons and one grandchild. Chin's elder son is a farmer and her younger son is a student. Chin like...

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Chin's Timeline

  • February 14, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 14, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chin 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.

  • February 15, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 11, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chin's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Chin'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.