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Success! Khloem from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery and restore his vision.

Khloem
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Khloem's treatment was fully funded on July 13, 2022.

Photo of Khloem post-operation

July 21, 2022

Khloem underwent cataract surgery to restore his vision.

Khloem and his son traveled to our medical partner CSC, where he had surgery to remove his cataract and receive a new lens. After a night in the hospital, he was able to return to his province with orders to rest for a few days to recover. Khloem’s eye felt a bit dry for the first few days, but his sight has gradually improved. He is thrilled that he can be more independent and he can resume his normal life. He looks forward to visiting the local pagoda on his own again.

Khloem’s son said: “We are relieved that my father’s vision is better. He was not able to do anything before but now he can help around the house, and watch the young children. Thank you for helping to make the remainder of his life better.”

Khloem and his son traveled to our medical partner CSC, where he had surgery to remove his cataract and receive a new lens. After a night in...

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March 10, 2022

Khloem is a 74-year-old retired rice farmer. He and his wife have two sons, two daughters, and many grandchildren. All his children are rice farmers on their family land. Khloem and his wife no longer farm, and they are supported by their children. At home, he likes to listen to the news and monks pray on the radio.

About one year ago, Khloem developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on his own.

When Khloem learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 10th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Khloem shared, “I hope after surgery I can see more clearly again. I look forward to going outside and visiting my local pagoda.”

Khloem is a 74-year-old retired rice farmer. He and his wife have two sons, two daughters, and many grandchildren. All his children are rice...

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Khloem's Timeline

  • March 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Khloem was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • March 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Khloem 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.

  • March 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Khloem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 13, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Khloem's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 21, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Khloem's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.