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Yen is a merchant at a fish market from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

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December 24, 2020

Yen is a 70-year-old merchant from Cambodia. She has one daughter who sells clothes at a fish market. Yen sells toiletries at a mobile stall nearby. Her husband died many years ago during the Khmer Rouge. Yen told us how much she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

About one year ago, Yen developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Yen learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her daughter seeking treatment. On December 24th, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

Yen said, “I hope after surgery I can see well. I want to be able to read books and help my daughter cook. I hope I can go outside by myself, spend time with my family, and do housework more easily.”

Yen is a 70-year-old merchant from Cambodia. She has one daughter who sells clothes at a fish market. Yen sells toiletries at a mobile stall...

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Yen's Timeline

  • December 24, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 24, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Yen 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.

  • December 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Yen is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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