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Success! Choun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Choun
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Choun's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2020.

Photo of Choun post-operation

July 9, 2020

Choun underwent cataract surgery.

Choun’s surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one week followup appointment has been scheduled to check her visual acuity. She no longer experiences any tearing or eye pain, and when she fully recovers, she will enjoy improved eyesight and increased independence.

Choun shared, “My sight is getting better already and I can walk around by myself easily. I will go to the pagoda often when I get home.”

Choun's surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one week followup appointment has been scheduled to check her v...

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June 4, 2020

Choun is a 66-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has seven children and six grandchildren. She is now living with one of her daughters and helping to raise her grandchildren. She loves being able to pick vegetables from her garden to make food for her family. She also enjoys going to pagodas to participate in religious ceremonies.

Six years ago, Choun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and constant tearing. In the last five months, Choun’s sight has deteriorated rapidly. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Choun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for many hours seeking treatment. On June 4th, 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.

Choun said, “I can’t take care of myself since my vision got bad, so I cannot take care of my grandchildren either. After this surgery, I want to see and play with them again, then I will go myself to a pagoda too.”

Choun is a 66-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has seven children and six grandchildren. She is now living with one of her daughters and h...

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Choun's Timeline

  • June 4, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 04, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Choun 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.

  • June 05, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Choun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Choun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 28, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Choun'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 $229 for Choun'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.