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Success! Yorn from Cambodia raised $229 to fund vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Yorn
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yorn's treatment was fully funded on August 9, 2021.

Photo of Yorn post-operation

June 28, 2021

Yorn underwent vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Yorn had a successful surgery to improve his vision, and can now return to his normal life on the farm. He will continue using the post-op eye drops multiple times per day to prevent infection, and will rest for several days. Thanks to the surgery, Yorn no longer has blurred vision and can recognize the faces of his grandchildren. He looks forward to going places independently and spending more time outdoors.

Yorn is so glad about the outcome, “I am so thankful I was able to receive this treatment; I thought my eyesight was gone forever. I look forward to visiting the pagoda on holy days and visiting my neighbors again.”

Yorn had a successful surgery to improve his vision, and can now return to his normal life on the farm. He will continue using the post-op e...

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May 14, 2021

Yorn is an 81-year-old retired farmer. He has three sons and three daughters. He also has several young grandchildren who visit him often. He lives with his wife and his youngest daughter, who is also a farmer. Since retiring, he spends most of his time taking care of his grandchildren, and traveling with his wife and daughter to local pagodas.

Eight years ago, Yorn developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and irritation. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Yorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his daughter seeking treatment. On May 14th, 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.

Yorn shared, “I hope that after my surgery my daughter will not have to do so much work to help me. I hope I can take good care of my grandchildren, and take better care of myself. I want to go with my wife to travel to pagodas.”

Yorn is an 81-year-old retired farmer. He has three sons and three daughters. He also has several young grandchildren who visit him often. H...

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Yorn's Timeline

  • May 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yorn 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 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 28, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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