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Chea from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract surgery.

Chea
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chea's treatment was fully funded on November 28, 2019.

Photo of Chea post-operation

October 14, 2019

Chea underwent cataract surgery.

Chea has returned home after a successful operation. Chea’s vision has been restored, and she will be able to work and go about her daily life with improved vision. She looks forward to being able to go places independently and seeing the faces of her fifty grandchildren.

Chea said, “I feel so happy that I can see clearly again and recognize my family’s faces. Now, I can help with any work around the house and I can go places on my own again.”

Chea has returned home after a successful operation. Chea's vision has been restored, and she will be able to work and go about her daily li...

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September 10, 2019

Chea is an 87-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. She has eight children, fifty grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her spare time.

Three years ago, Chea developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Chea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 10th, 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 $211 procedure.

“I hope that I am able to see clearly so I can recognize my relatives' faces and can return to the pagoda to attend the ceremonies.”

Chea is an 87-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. She has eight children, fifty grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the...

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Chea's Timeline

  • September 10, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chea was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 10, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chea 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.

  • September 13, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Chea. Read the update.

  • November 28, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chea's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Chea's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$125
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.