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Success! Chhon from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery so he can see well and return to fishing.

Chhon
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chhon's treatment was fully funded on July 7, 2022.

Photo of Chhon post-operation

July 21, 2022

Chhon underwent eye surgery so he can see well and return to fishing.

Chhon was so grateful one of his relatives recommended he go to CSC hospital to remove his cataract. After losing much of his vision in his left eye, it had become difficult for him to catch fish for sale at the market. His wife did most of the housework, and he felt ashamed he could not support their living. His eyesight has improved already, and he looks forward to returning to work so that he can feed and support his family. This will improve his self-esteem as he won’t have to rely on his children for support.

Chhon’s wife said: “I feel grateful to everyone who supported my husband’s surgery so he can fish again. He is happiest when he is out on the river in his boat. Thank you to the people who funded the surgery and I hope that they continue to help Cambodians with poor vision.”

Chhon was so grateful one of his relatives recommended he go to CSC hospital to remove his cataract. After losing much of his vision in his ...

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March 9, 2022

Chhon is a 51-year-old fisherman. He is married and has two sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren. His wife helps take care of their grandchildren. He enjoys Thai boxing matches.

One year ago, Chhon developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. For most of his adult life, he has fished the rivers near his home but has had to stop because, due to his declining vision, he cannot manage his boat or nets in the bright sun. He and his wife have to be supported by their children, and he shared that he’s feeling depressed that he can no longer sell fish to support their living.

When Chhon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 9th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

“I hope after surgery I can go back to fishing again to support my living,” Chhon shared.

Chhon is a 51-year-old fisherman. He is married and has two sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren. His wife helps take care of their ...

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Chhon's Timeline

  • March 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhon 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.

  • March 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 7, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhon's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 21, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.