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Success! Yech from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Yech
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yech's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2021.

Photo of Yech post-operation

December 9, 2021

Yech underwent cataract surgery.

Yech successfully received cataract surgery on her eye. With improved eyesight, now she can cook again and care for her grandchildren, which improves her quality of life.

Yech said, “I feel very happy that I can see better, I can go outside, and can take care myself and my grandchildren. I look forward to joining the ceremonies at our pagoda. Maybe I can start to sell Khmer noodles again!”

Yech successfully received cataract surgery on her eye. With improved eyesight, now she can cook again and care for her grandchildren, which...

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September 8, 2021

Yech is a 69-year-old mother of five children: she has two daughters, three sons, and now many grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who works as a garment worker. Yech sells Khmer noodles, but has had to stop due to her poor vision. She spends her free time listening to the news and to the monks praying on the radio.

Three years ago, Yech developed a cataract in her right eye causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and occasional tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Yech learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 8th, 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 $229 procedure.

Yech shared, “I hope after surgery I will be able to see clearly. I want to take care of my grandchildren and help my daughter cook.”

Yech is a 69-year-old mother of five children: she has two daughters, three sons, and now many grandchildren. She lives with her youngest da...

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Yech's Timeline

  • September 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yech 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.

  • September 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yech's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yech's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yech's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Yech'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.