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Success! Yat from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Yat
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yat's treatment was fully funded on June 1, 2021.

Photo of Yat post-operation

April 12, 2021

Yat underwent cataract surgery.

Yat had successful cataract surgery to restore her vision. Now, she can help with her grandchildren and take care of herself again. Yat looks forward to visiting her place of worship soon.

Yat’s daughter shared, “I am happy my mother will be able to see better than before. She can help with housework, with the children, and visit the pagoda again.”

Yat had successful cataract surgery to restore her vision. Now, she can help with her grandchildren and take care of herself again. Yat look...

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March 24, 2021

Yat is an 68-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, four sons, and 10 grandchildren. Yat lives with her husband and their second daughter who is a vegetable seller. Yat enjoys looking after her grandchildren and listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Six years ago, Yat developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience blurry vision and photophobia, a sensitivity to light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Yat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On March 24th, 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.

Yat said, “I want to be able to help my daughter sell vegetables and visit the pagoda by myself.”

Yat is an 68-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, four sons, and 10 grandchildren. Yat lives with her husband and their seco...

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Yat's Timeline

  • March 24, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 24, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yat 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.

  • March 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yat's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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