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Success! Houn from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can be more independent.

Houn
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Houn's treatment was fully funded on October 25, 2021.

Photo of Houn post-operation

July 29, 2021

Houn underwent cataract surgery so she can be more independent.

Houn was so pleased with the surgery results and had no side effects. Her vision has improved and she looks forward to visiting neighbors, helping with her grandchildren, and visiting the village pagoda to pray.

Houn said: “I am so appreciative of the surgery, I never imagined I could wake up the next day and see the faces of my family again. Thank you to all who helped to support this surgery for me.”

Houn was so pleased with the surgery results and had no side effects. Her vision has improved and she looks forward to visiting neighbors, h...

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June 16, 2021

Houn is a proud mother of six and grandmother of 20. Houn lives with her eldest son, who is a farmer. She enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio or at the pagoda.

Seven years ago, Houn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Houn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two and half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 16th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure.

Houn said, “I hope my surgery goes well and I can see clearly, go outside on my own, and even go to ceremonies at far away pagodas.”

Houn is a proud mother of six and grandmother of 20. Houn lives with her eldest son, who is a farmer. She enjoys listening to the monks pray...

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Houn's Timeline

  • June 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Houn 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.

  • June 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Houn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Houn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Houn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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