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

Chab
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chab's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2021.

Photo of Chab post-operation

January 4, 2022

Chab underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Chab’s surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre was a success! Although she was initially nervous about the surgery, her eyesight has already improved and she is thrilled with the results. Chab will return to farming with her husband to help feed their family and support her children in school.

Chab shared, “I am hopeful I can have a normal life. I can go outside and be more independent. I want to thank the staff who helped me and the donors who help Cambodians like me to be more useful in our community.”

Chab's surgery at Children's Surgical Centre was a success! Although she was initially nervous about the surgery, her eyesight has already i...

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October 25, 2021

Chab is a 54-year-old woman who works as a farmer alongside her husband. Together, they have two sons and two daughters, all of whom are students. At home, Chab enjoys watching movies on TV but it has become harder for her to see recently.

Two years ago, Chab developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision.

When Chab learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 25th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again and go back to doing all her day-to-day activities. CSC is requesting $229 to help fund this procedure for Chab and restore her vision.

Chab shared, “I hope I will see well again so I can help my husband to plant more rice.”

Chab is a 54-year-old woman who works as a farmer alongside her husband. Together, they have two sons and two daughters, all of whom are stu...

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Chab's Timeline

  • October 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chab 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.

  • October 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chab's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chab's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chab'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 Chab'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.