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Success! Pout from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

Pout
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pout's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Pout post-operation

June 16, 2017

Pout underwent cataract surgery.

Her eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. She will return soon for the same surgery on her right eye.

Her eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye ...

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May 22, 2017

Pout is a 74-year-old grandmother of 14. She enjoys watching the news, participating in pagoda ceremonies, and listening to the monks pray during her free time.

Seven months ago, Pout developed cataracts in both eyes. A cataract is a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively cloudy, causing blurred vision, itchiness, and photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light). It is difficult for Pout to recognize faces, do any type of work, and go anywhere on her own.

Pout and her daughter-in-law traveled three hours to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On May 22, Pout will receive cataract surgery to replace her lenses with artificial ones. CSC is requesting $292 to help fund the surgery. After this procedure, Pout will see clearly again and be able to enjoy her favorite activities once more.

Pout is a 74-year-old grandmother of 14. She enjoys watching the news, participating in pagoda ceremonies, and listening to the monks pray d...

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Pout's Timeline

  • May 22, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Pout was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • May 22, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pout 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.

  • June 1, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pout's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 16, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pout's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pout's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Pout's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.