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Success! Rom from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Rom
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Rom's treatment was fully funded on March 28, 2021.

Photo of Rom post-operation

March 26, 2021

Rom underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Rom’s operation went smoothly and her cataract has been removed. She spent one night in the hospital ward before returning home. Her eye was a little swollen following the procedure, but she has been given eye drops to use several times throughout the day to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Rom’s surgery has improved her vision and confidence in going places by herself now that her vision is better. Her family is thankful for the success of the operation.

Rom shared, “I’m glad that I can see well. I can recognize my family and neighbors better now, and take care of my grandchildren.”

Rom's operation went smoothly and her cataract has been removed. She spent one night in the hospital ward before returning home. Her eye was...

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January 13, 2021

Rom is a 68-year-old rice farmer. She has one son and three grandchildren. She shared that her son is also a farmer, and she and her husband separated twenty years ago. Now that Rom is older, she no longer goes to the field. Instead, she enjoys staying at home and taking care of her grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to listen to the monks preaching on the radio.

Five years ago, Rom developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, itchiness and sometimes tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Rom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her niece seeking treatment. On January 13th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Rom shared, “I hope after surgery I can see well, I can go outside by myself, and care for my grandchildren. I hope to plant vegetables around our house to sell, which will earn money to support my family.”

Rom is a 68-year-old rice farmer. She has one son and three grandchildren. She shared that her son is also a farmer, and she and her husband...

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Rom's Timeline

  • January 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rom was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rom 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.

  • January 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rom's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Rom'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Paw

Paw is a 21-year-old who lives with her parents, a brother, three sisters, a daughter and a niece in a refugee camp. Her father used to be an agricultural day laborer, but had to stop working due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Her sisters go to school and her brother is unemployed. Paw looks after her daughter and niece, who are too young to go to school, while her mother looks after the household chores. In her free time, Paw likes to play with her daughter and visit her friends. On March 9th, Paw left the camp alone to collect firewood. While climbing a hill, she slipped, falling onto her right shin. She was in so much pain that she could not stand up. She got herself to a nearby road where a motorcyclist drove her back to the camp. At home, Paw was treated by a traditional healer, and a couple of days later, a second traditional healer told her family that Paw had fractured her leg. Paw's father made a bamboo brace for her leg, and carried her to the hospital in the camp run by International Rescue Committee (IRC). Knowing that she would need surgery, IRC staff referred her to Burma Children Medical Fund to receive treatment at a local hospital. Currently, Paw experiences a lot of pain when moving her right leg. She cannot stand up by herself and she cannot sleep at night when the pain is severe. Since she injured her leg, she feels more tired and she has lost her appetite. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Paw will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure will help her walk and live pain-free. The procedure is scheduled for March 12th and will cost $1,500. Paw shared, "once recovered, I will take care of my parents. I will work and save money for my daughter, so that I can make sure that she has food and clothes."

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