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Success! Channath from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery to restore his sight.

Channath
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Channath's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2021.

Photo of Channath post-operation

January 12, 2022

Channath underwent eye surgery to restore his sight.

Channath was worried he could not support his family because he had difficulty seeing outside on his farm. His surgery was successful and his vision will continue to improve over the next few weeks as he heals. He’s eager to go back to his farm and be able to support his family so that his children can continue to attend school.

Channath’s wife said: “we’re happy his eye sees well again. Channath felt bad because he could not see to work on the farm. He is very happy and relieved he can make money to support our family. Thank you to the staff and to everyone who helped him to have good eyes again.”

Channath was worried he could not support his family because he had difficulty seeing outside on his farm. His surgery was successful and hi...

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November 29, 2021

Channath is a 41-year-old farmer. He has two daughters who are both students in the local school. At home, he likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch boxing on TV.

Two years ago, Channath developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, pain, tearing, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. Now he doesn’t go to the rice field as much as he needs to because of his poor vision.

When Channath learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 29th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 see clearly again,” Channath says. “I can go back to working in the rice field to feed my family.”

Channath is a 41-year-old farmer. He has two daughters who are both students in the local school. At home, he likes to listen to the news on...

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Channath's Timeline

  • November 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Channath 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.

  • November 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Channath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Channath's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Channath'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 Channath'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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