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Kao is a 60-year-old Khmer cake seller from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund a sight-restoring cataract surgery.

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November 18, 2020

Kao is a 60-year-old Khmer cake seller from Cambodia. She has one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Kao lives with her daughter, who is a farmer. When Kao is not selling cakes in her village, she enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to monks pray.

Five years ago, Kao developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, itching, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Kao learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her niece seeking treatment. On November 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Kao shared, “My business depends on my vision, if I can see well then my business will also be well.”

Kao is a 60-year-old Khmer cake seller from Cambodia. She has one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Kao lives with her daughter, wh...

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Kao's Timeline

  • November 17, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Kao was scheduled to receive 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.

  • November 18, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kao was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • November 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kao's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Kao is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Kao's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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