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

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

Photo of Thorn post-operation

October 14, 2020

Thorn underwent cataract surgery.

Thorn can see clearly now and will be able to get around on her own without help from her family.

Thorn shared with us, “I am very happy my surgery helped me see clearly again. Now I look forward to joining ceremonies at the pagoda and taking care of my grandchildren.”

Thorn can see clearly now and will be able to get around on her own without help from her family. Thorn shared with us, "I am very happ...

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August 4, 2020

Thorn is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband have three sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren. Their youngest daughter lives with them and works on their farm. In her free time she likes to travel to famous pagodas and visit with the monks.

Three years ago, Thorn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Thorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On August 4th, 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.

Thorn said, “I stopped working on my farm because of my eye problem, so I hope after surgery I can go back to work, and after that I want to travel again by myself to visit a pagoda.”

Thorn is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband have three sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren. Their youngest ...

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Thorn's Timeline

  • August 4, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 04, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thorn 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.

  • August 05, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 19, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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