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Success! Phalla from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery to restore sight in her right eye.

Phalla
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
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$0
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Fully funded
Phalla's treatment was fully funded on September 22, 2022.

Photo of Phalla post-operation

October 5, 2022

Phalla underwent cataract surgery to restore sight in her right eye.

On the advice of a relative, Phalla traveled with her daughter to seek help for her blurry vision. When she was able to open her eye the day after her cataract surgery, she was amazed at how well she could see colors and faces. She rested at home for a few days and applied prescription eye drops to aid in healing. Phalla’s life will improve because she will be able to help around the house and support her family by cooking and caring for the grandchildren. She looks forward to being more independent and visiting the local pagoda by herself.

Phalla said: “I am so thrilled I can see the TV again, not just listen and not see faces. I am very grateful I can help my daughter and her family by walking the children to school and doing housework while she is at work. Thank you to the surgeons and the donors who helped me to have this surgery so I can see well again.”

On the advice of a relative, Phalla traveled with her daughter to seek help for her blurry vision. When she was able to open her eye the day...

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April 25, 2022

Phalla is a 62-year-old grocery seller. She has one daughter, three sons, and four grandchildren. Phalla lives with her youngest daughter who is a garment worker. She shared that her husband passed away a long time ago. Phalla likes to watch the news on TV and listen to monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Phalla developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own.

When Phalla learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 25th, 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 $253 procedure.

Phalla says, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I would like to recognize everything well and get around on my own.”

Phalla is a 62-year-old grocery seller. She has one daughter, three sons, and four grandchildren. Phalla lives with her youngest daughter wh...

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Phalla's Timeline

  • April 25, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 25, 2022
    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.

  • April 29, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phalla's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 22, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phalla's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phalla's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Phalla's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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.