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Success! Lorn from Cambodia raised $292 to fund eye surgery.

Lorn
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lorn's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Lorn post-operation

June 15, 2017

Lorn underwent successful cataract surgery.

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

Lorn says, “I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again. I can help my family do any kind of work, take care of my grandchildren, and go anywhere outside by myself.”

Her eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye ...

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May 26, 2017

Lorn is a 62-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has two brothers and three sisters. In her free time, she enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray.

Four months ago, she developed a cataract in each eye. This has caused her great difficulty in seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and doing any type of work. She traveled three hours with her sister to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, for her treatment. She is scheduled to receive surgery on May 26 to improve her condition.

The $292 covers medication, hospital supplies, and physician costs for the treatment. The surgery involves placing a lens implant in each eye, allowing her to see clearly and become independent once again.

Lorn is a 62-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has two brothers and three sisters. In her free time, she enjoys visiting the pagoda and list...

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Lorn's Timeline

  • May 26, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lorn was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 26, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lorn 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.

  • May 30, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 15, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Lorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.