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

Eth
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Eth's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2020.

Photo of Eth post-operation

July 9, 2020

Eth underwent cataract surgery.

Eth’s cataract surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one week followup appointment has been scheduled to check her visual acuity. Once Eth has fully recovered, her vision will be improved and she will enjoy increased independence.

Eth shared, “There is no pain in my eye. I will follow all the doctor’s instructions so I heal quickly. Then, I want to start spending time with my grandchildren and doing housework for them.”

Eth's cataract surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one week followup appointment has been scheduled to chec...

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June 1, 2020

Eth is a 55-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married with three sons and one daughter. She lives with her children and grandchildren. Everyone in the family works during the day and at night, Eth likes to listen to the radio news.

Five years ago, Eth developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience blurry vision. About two years ago, her vision started to deteriorate severely.

When Eth learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On June 1st, doctors will perform Phacoemulsification (Phaco) 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.

Eth said, “I hope after surgery I can see better. I want to continue my working in my field planting the rice. It’s hard for me to do anything I like now, like playing with my grandchildren or cooking for my family.”

Her husband added, “I don’t want to worry more about her sight getting bad. I hope that she will be able to see better and recognize me and our family. She will be able to work with me again too.”

Eth is a 55-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married with three sons and one daughter. She lives with her children and grandchildr...

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Eth's Timeline

  • June 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 01, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Eth 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 02, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Eth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 24, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Eth's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Eth'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.