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

Yean
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yean's treatment was fully funded on March 19, 2021.

Photo of Yean post-operation

March 22, 2021

Yean underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Yean had a successful surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), and she has already seen an improvement in her eyesight. After the procedure, she has been instructed to rest and apply antibiotic eye drops multiple times per day to prevent infection. Prior to the surgery, it was hard for Yean to do her daily activities with poor vision. Now she looks forward to returning to the pagoda for prayer. She and her family are very happy that she can be more independent now.

Yean had a successful surgery at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), and she has already seen an improvement in her eyesight. After the proced...

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January 6, 2021

Yean is a 74-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, one daughter, and many grandchildren. She lives with her husband and their daughter, who is also a rice farmer. Now, Yean and her husband stay at home to take care of their grandchildren.

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

When Yean learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled with her daughter seeking treatment. On January 6th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place 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.

Yean shared, “At my age I just want to be able to take care of myself, my husband, and my grandchildren, so I need to see clearly. Thank you for your support.”

Yean is a 74-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, one daughter, and many grandchildren. She lives with her husband and their d...

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Yean's Timeline

  • January 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yean 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 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yean's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 19, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yean's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yean's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

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Funded by 3 donors

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