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Success! Phal from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

Phal
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$229
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Fully funded
Phal's treatment was fully funded on March 13, 2021.

Photo of Phal post-operation

March 17, 2021

Phal underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Phal had a successful cataract operation. Surgery has improved Phal’s vision and she can now see the faces of her daughter and husband, which gave her a big smile.

Her daughter is very happy for her mom. She’s shared how glad she is that her mom can see clearly again and won’t have to worry anymore about her vision loss.

Phal had a successful cataract operation. Surgery has improved Phal’s vision and she can now see the faces of her daughter and husband, whic...

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January 4, 2021

Phal is a 66-year-old farmer who is married and has one daughter. Phal and her family are rice farmers. She shared with us that she enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio.

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

When Phal learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On January 4th, 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 $229 procedure.

Phal said, “After surgery I hope I can see better so I can take care of myself, join ceremonies at the distant pagodas, and help my husband plant rice and vegetables.”

Phal is a 66-year-old farmer who is married and has one daughter. Phal and her family are rice farmers. She shared with us that she enjoys l...

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Phal's Timeline

  • January 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phal was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phal 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.

  • January 5, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phal's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 17, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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

Ku is an 11-year-old student from Thailand. Ku lives with his mother, four brothers and a sister in a refugee camp. All of his siblings also go to school, except for his oldest brother, who used to work with their mother as agricultural day labourers. However, since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020, they have not been able to leave the camp easily to find work. Ku's father works as a day labourer outside of the camp, but has also been unable to find consistent work due to the pandemic. Ku's family receives some financial support from an external organisation, but it is not enough to cover their expenses, and they shared that they often borrow rice or money from their neighbors. In March 2021, Ku and his friends were playing tag that led him to have a bad fall. Ku had taken off his sandals and left them at the top of a hill. When he ran up the rocky hill to fetch his sandals, he slipped and stuck out his left hand to break his fall, breaking his wrist. Currently, Ku’s left hand and forearm are very painful. He cannot bend his wrist and can only move his fingers slightly. Before his accident, Ku was able to prepare his own meals and set up his mosquito net at night. But now, he needs someone to help him do these tasks. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ku will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for March 10th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help Ku use his left hand again and live pain-free. He will be able to cook his own meals again and set up his mosquito net by himself. Now, he and his family need help raising money for this procedure. Ku's mother shared, "After he receives treatment, I want Ku to continue his studies until he graduates and becomes a medic."

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