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Success! Mut from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Mut
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mut's treatment was fully funded on September 17, 2021.

Photo of Mut post-operation

August 2, 2021

Mut underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Mut traveled to our medical partner CSC with her husband with a hope to have surgery and be able to see again. She was nervous to have the procedure, but she is amazed by the improvement. She looks forward to life with better vision and is relieved she can care for her grandchildren.

Her daughter said: “I am relieved I don’t have to worry about my mother’s eyesight anymore. She has her life back and is very happy.”

Mut traveled to our medical partner CSC with her husband with a hope to have surgery and be able to see again. She was nervous to have the p...

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June 14, 2021

Mut is a 67-year-old farmer with one daughter, three sons, and six grandchildren. Mut lives with her husband and does not go to the rice field anymore due to her vision. Instead, she stays home and cares for her grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the monks pray and joining ceremonies at the pagoda.

Five years ago, Mut developed a cataract in her left eye causing her sensitivity to light, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Mut learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 14th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Mut shared, “I hope I can see well again so I can do housework, cook, and plant vegetables around my home.”

Mut is a 67-year-old farmer with one daughter, three sons, and six grandchildren. Mut lives with her husband and does not go to the rice fie...

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Mut's Timeline

  • June 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mut 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 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mut's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mut's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mut's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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