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Success! Mun from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can be more independent.

Mun
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
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$0
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Fully funded
Mun's treatment was fully funded on October 5, 2022.

Photo of Mun post-operation

October 16, 2022

Mun underwent cataract surgery so she can be more independent.

Mun had successful surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre and was able to return home the next day. Doctors prescribed antibiotic drops to aid in healing, which she will apply eight times a day. When her eye is fully healed, Mun can be more independent, and return to the daily activities she loves - cooking for her family, visiting the local pagoda, and caring for her grandchildren.

Mun said: “I am so happy I listened to the advice of my relatives to have my eye fixed. I want to be more productive in my life, I don’t want to stay in my house and not be able to do anything. This operation will change my life, I can be more useful. Thank you to CSC and the donors for helping me see better.”

Mun had successful surgery at Children's Surgical Centre and was able to return home the next day. Doctors prescribed antibiotic drops to ai...

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May 3, 2022

Mun is a 64-year-old retired rice farmer who is married and has two daughters, three sons, and 10 grandchildren. Mun lives with her husband and likes to go to the pagoda to participate in ceremonies.

Three years ago, Mun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own.

When Mun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 3rd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery 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 $253 procedure.

Mun says, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I would like to go out and recognize things well.”

Mun is a 64-year-old retired rice farmer who is married and has two daughters, three sons, and 10 grandchildren. Mun lives with her husband ...

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Mun's Timeline

  • May 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mun 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.

  • May 3, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 5, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mun's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 16, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Mun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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