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Success! Teav from Cambodia raised $225 for surgery to restore her vision.

Teav
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Teav's treatment was fully funded on April 7, 2016.

Photo of Teav post-operation

May 7, 2016

Teav underwent successful cataract surgery.

Teav can see clearly again for the first time in one year. With restored vision, she looks forward to joining in ceremonies at the pagoda, and going outdoors by herself.

Teav’s surgery lasted approximately 45 minutes, during which her clouded lenses were replaced with artificial implants. She can return to Children’s Surgical Centre at any time for follow-up care if she experiences complications, but she has been discharged and is expected to make a full recovery.

Teav can see clearly again for the first time in one year. With restored vision, she looks forward to joining in ceremonies at the pagoda, a...

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March 15, 2016

This is Teav. She is 76 years old and lives in Cambodia. She has five children and 15 grandchildren, and enjoys going to the temple.

Teav developed cataracts in both of her eyes about a year ago. This has left her with blurry vision, and it is hard for her to see anything clearly or go outside by herself.

Teav’s daughter accompanied her to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), where she expressed the hope that her mother can recover. “I don’t want to worry about her losing her vision anymore,” she shared with CSC’s staff.

For $225, Teav will have surgery to remove the cloudy lenses in her eyes and replace them with clear, artificial implants to restore her vision. Let’s help make it happen!

This is Teav. She is 76 years old and lives in Cambodia. She has five children and 15 grandchildren, and enjoys going to the temple. Teav...

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Teav's Timeline

  • March 15, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Teav was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 15, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Teav 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.

  • April 07, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Teav's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 07, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Teav's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 07, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Teav's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.