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Success! Kimsour from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

Kimsour
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$398
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kimsour's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2017.

Photo of Kimsour post-operation

July 28, 2017

Kimsour underwent cataract surgery.

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

Kimsour says, “I feel very happy that I can see clearly again. I can continue my work as a driver easily, do some work at home, and drive my motorbike places very well.”

His eye cataract was successfully removed from his left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye d...

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July 5, 2017

Kimsour is a 42-year-old man from Cambodia who works as a driver. He has two older sisters and one younger sister. In his free time, Kimsour likes to listen to the news, watch boxing on TV, and read the newspaper.

About four months ago, Kimsour developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused him to experience blurred vision, extreme sensitivity to light, and cloudy lenses. As a result, it is difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, work, or go anywhere on his own.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund a phaco procedure and an intraocular lens implant for each of Kimsour’s eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 5 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Kimsour’s vision to its former state and allow him to live more comfortably.

Kimsour is a 42-year-old man from Cambodia who works as a driver. He has two older sisters and one younger sister. In his free time, Kimsour...

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Kimsour's Timeline

  • July 5, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kimsour was submitted by Anne McMurrey, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 05, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kimsour received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • July 11, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kimsour's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kimsour's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 06, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kimsour'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 Kimsour'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.