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Phal is a woman from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

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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 04, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Phal was scheduled to receive 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 05, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Phal is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Phal's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

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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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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Busingye is a 46-year-old small scale farmer from Uganda. She has one child who is 10 years old and in primary school, class three. Both she and her husband used to harvest and sell their agricultural produce across the Uganda-Rwanda border, until the border closed and caused their business to close as well. They currently produce crops only for home consumption. For the last 18 years, Busingye has been experiencing severe abdominal pain. She was diagnosed with uterine fibroids when she was 28 years old. After getting married, Busingye gave birth prematurely by emergency C-section, and was advised to seek further care for her fibroids after recovery. Now, as a result of her condition, her stomach bulges out and prevents her from doing work. Busingye experiences dizziness and loss of appetite, and experiences severe abdominal pain. To remedy this, Busingye needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. If not treated, she could develop endometrial cancer. Severe pains could worsen, and prevent her from carrying out her usual day to day activities completely. Over the past few years, Busingye has visited many hospitals and spent a lot of money to take care of her child, so she does not have the financial means to fund her surgery. She appeals for financial help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Busingye's surgery. On December 11th, she will undergo a hysterectomy at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Busingye will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Busingye shared, “My family cannot currently afford the surgery and ask for your support. I will resume farming as soon as possible once given treatment.”

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