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Success! Kry from Cambodia raised $225 for surgery to restore her vision.

Kry
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$225
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$0
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Fully funded
Kry's treatment was fully funded on December 17, 2015.

Photo of Kry post-operation

January 4, 2016

Kry received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

“Kry can see everything clearly again, reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. “She has been instructed to apply eye drops daily to protect herself from infection.”

Kry shares, “I feel so happy that my eye can see everything clearer than before. Now I can easily walk to the pagoda, visit my relative in my village by myself, and I can help my family take care of my grandchild at home too.”

"Kry can see everything clearly again, reports our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. "She has been instructed to apply eye drops ...

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November 30, 2015

73-year-old Kry spends her time working around the house and visiting the pagoda to listen to monks pray. She has two children and three grandchildren.

“Kry developed a cataract in each eye three months ago,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “This causes her tearing, blurred vision, and pain.”

Kry shares that “it is hard to do house work very well or go anywhere outside. I can’t recognize the faces of people clearly.”

Cataracts occur as proteins develop in the lens of the eye, causing cloudiness. Without treatment, the cloudiness increases over time and results in slowly deteriorating vision. They can ultimately result in total blindness.

For $225, we can fund surgery to replace the lenses on both her eyes and cure her cataracts. In each eye, doctors will make a small incision to surgically remove the clouded lens and replace it with a new, artificial lens.

“I hope after treatment I can see everything clearly again so I can easily go walking anywhere on my own and do any work,” shares Kry.

73-year-old Kry spends her time working around the house and visiting the pagoda to listen to monks pray. She has two children and three gra...

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Kry's Timeline

  • November 30, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kry was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • November 30, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kry 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.

  • December 10, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kry's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 17, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kry's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 04, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kry's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.