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Success! Phalla from Cambodia raised $229 to fund surgery to restore her vision.

Phalla
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phalla's treatment was fully funded on March 2, 2022.

Photo of Phalla post-operation

March 8, 2022

Phalla underwent surgery to restore her vision.

Phalla’s cataract surgery was a success! She has an infectious laugh, and when she was able to open her eyes after surgery, she giggled when she saw her husband’s face clearly for the first time in many years. Phalla will rest for a few more days and apply eye drops to continue her healing. Upon full recovery, she will return to the daily activities she loves most, like cooking for her family and watching movies.

With a bright smile, Phalla shared, “I am relieved my eyesight will be better. It was very hard for me to stay inside. I didn’t feel like I could contribute to our family and felt sad. Now that my eyesight is better, I can help support my family. Thank you to the CSC staff and everyone who paid for my surgery. It will help me have a good life and support my sons to be successful.”

Phalla's cataract surgery was a success! She has an infectious laugh, and when she was able to open her eyes after surgery, she giggled when...

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December 15, 2021

Phalla is a 54-year-old who is married and has three sons. All her boys are in public school. She lives with her family and her husband, who is a construction worker. When she is not busy cooking, she likes to watch movies on TV.

Four years ago, Phalla developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her light sensitivity and blurry vision. It is becoming hard for her to use the stove to cook because she cannot see well.

When Phalla learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled far for six and a half hours over many dirt roads seeking treatment. On December 15th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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.

“I hope after surgery I will have good eyesight,” says Phalla, “I can then take care of my children, take my children to school, and can do more housework to help out.”

Phalla is a 54-year-old who is married and has three sons. All her boys are in public school. She lives with her family and her husband, who...

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Phalla's Timeline

  • December 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phalla 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.

  • December 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phalla's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phalla's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 8, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phalla's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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