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

Chanthy
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chanthy's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Chanthy post-operation

December 25, 2021

Chanthy underwent cataract surgery.

Chanthy underwent successful eye surgery. After a few days of rest, her vision has already improved dramatically. Her improved vision will help Chanthy to be more aware of her surroundings and improve her life. She will be more independent and able to help the family with farming and cooking.

Chanthy said: “I am so happy I will see well again. I can help my sister with cooking and cleaning, and take care of my nephew. Thank you to the CSC staff and everyone who helped me to have this surgery.”

Chanthy underwent successful eye surgery. After a few days of rest, her vision has already improved dramatically. Her improved vision will h...

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September 13, 2021

Chanthy is a 54-year-old farmer. She’s from a big family as one of eight children and has two brothers and five sisters. She lives with her younger sister who is also a farmer. She stays home to cook for the family and looks after her young nephew. She likes to watch and listen to Khmer movies on TV in her free time.

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

When Chanthy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 13th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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.

Chanthy shared, “I hope I can see clearly again after surgery. I can go back to the rice field, plant vegetables for sale to support my living, and help my family.”

Chanthy is a 54-year-old farmer. She's from a big family as one of eight children and has two brothers and five sisters. She lives with her...

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Chanthy's Timeline

  • September 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chanthy 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.

  • September 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chanthy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chanthy's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chanthy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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