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Success! Keu from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so he can see again.

Keu
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Keu's treatment was fully funded on October 4, 2021.

Photo of Keu post-operation

August 9, 2021

Keu underwent cataract surgery so he can see again.

Keu had successful surgery and is relieved to be able to see well again. Soon he will return to his wife’s side to sell coffee and they can make enough money to feed his large family.

Keu’s wife said: “Thank you to the strangers who helped pay for my husband to see well again. He is more independent, he feels better about himself, and he can help me to support our family again.”

Keu had successful surgery and is relieved to be able to see well again. Soon he will return to his wife's side to sell coffee and they can ...

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July 19, 2021

Keu is a coffee seller who lives and works alongside his wife to operate a coffee stand together. They have a family of five children and seven grandchildren. Due to Keu’s sight, he has recently started to stay home and take care of his grandchildren while his wife works. Keu especially likes to listen to news on the radio and talk with his grandchildren.

Five years ago, Keu developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him sensitivity to light and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Keu learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there seeking treatment. On July 19th, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to help fund this procedure.

Keu shares his hopes after recovery, “I’m hopeful that after surgery I can go back to my coffee stand and work with my wife again to support our family.”

Keu is a coffee seller who lives and works alongside his wife to operate a coffee stand together. They have a family of five children and se...

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Keu's Timeline

  • July 19, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 19, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Keu 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.

  • July 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Keu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Keu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Keu's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Keu'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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90% funded

90%funded
$1,353raised
$147to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Hla

Hla is a 40-year-old woman living with her husband and adopted daughter in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Hla and her family fled their village in Burma, due to fighting in the area. In January, Hla learned that she was pregnant for the first time after ten years of marriage. Then in March, Hla had to flee with her husband and daughter due to the fighting near her village. They moved in with her uncle, who lives in a refugee camp. Once there, she sought prenatal care at a clinic in the camp, where she was told that she had a breech baby, which would require a Caesarean section in order for her baby to be delivered safely. The C-section is scheduled for May 11th at nearby Mae Sot Hospital (MSH). When Hla told a friend that she does not have the money to pay for her hospital stay, her friend referred her to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for help with paying for her care. Currently, Hla is eight months pregnant and is worried about her condition and the health of her baby. Burma Children Medical Fund is seeking $1,500 to cover the costs of Hla's treatment, and for the safe delivery of her baby. Hla said, "I was very worried when I heard that I will need an expensive C-section. I could not think of anyone to help pay for my surgery, and I felt stressed about giving birth through a C-section. After I heard from BCMF staff that donors could help pay for my surgery, I started to feel so much more relaxed and less worried. I still worry about my baby being born healthy."

90% funded

90%funded
$1,353raised
$147to go