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Success! Khom from Cambodia raised $229 to support cataract surgery.

Khom
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Khom's treatment was fully funded on May 28, 2020.

Photo of Khom post-operation

June 2, 2020

Khom received sight-restoring cataract surgery.

The surgery went well, Khom can see everything better now. Khom is able to walk independently and she can start her work on the rice farm again.

“I am so happy to see everything clearly, I can go outside my home by myself easily. I look forward to doing rice farming soon,” Khom said.

The surgery went well, Khom can see everything better now. Khom is able to walk independently and she can start her work on the rice farm ag...

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April 27, 2020

Khom is a 55-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons and five grandchildren. Khom likes to watch Khmer dramas on television.

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

When Khom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for more than three hours seeking treatment. On April 27th, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

“I hope that after surgery I will be able to see everything clearly and go back to my work in the field,” Khom said.

Khom is a 55-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons and five grandchildren. Khom likes to watch Khmer dramas on television. ...

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Khom's Timeline

  • April 27, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 27, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Khom 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.

  • April 28, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Khom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 28, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Khom's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 2, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Khom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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