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Em from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

Em
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  • $398 raised, $0 to go
$398
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Em's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2019.

Photo of Em post-operation

April 3, 2019

Em underwent partial cataract surgery.

She received successful surgery on one eye but did not return for on the other eye. Our medical partner has been unable to contact her to reschedule her second surgery.

She received successful surgery on one eye but did not return for on the other eye. Our medical partner has been unable to contact her to re...

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February 26, 2019

Em is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has twenty grandchildren and in her free time, she likes to go to the pagoda.

One year ago, Em developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Em learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 27, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure.

She says, “I hope that after my surgery I will be able to go to the pagoda and attend the ceremonies that I normally like to participate in.”

Em is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has twenty grandchildren and in her free time, she likes to go to the pagoda. One year...

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Em's Timeline

  • February 26, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 27, 2019
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Em 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.

  • February 27, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Em's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 03, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Em's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Em's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Em's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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.