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Success! Ton from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Ton
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Ton's treatment was fully funded on October 20, 2020.

Photo of Ton post-operation

September 23, 2020

Ton underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Ton can now see everything clearly and is relieved to be able to recognize the faces of her friends and relatives.

Ton shared with us, “I feel happy that my eye does not disturb me anymore. I can see better, recognize things, and go outside my house easily. I can also spend more time with my grandchildren and teach them about rice farming.”

Ton can now see everything clearly and is relieved to be able to recognize the faces of her friends and relatives. Ton shared with us,...

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July 7, 2020

Ton is a 71-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six children and twelve grandchildren. She recently moved in with some of her grandchildren since her husband passed away two weeks ago.

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

When Ton learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On July 7th, doctors will perform 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.

Ton shared, “I hope my surgery makes it easy for me to see my grandchildren and help them with the housework. Since they are taking care of me I don’t want them to worry about my vision.”

Ton is a 71-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six children and twelve grandchildren. She recently moved in with some of he...

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Ton's Timeline

  • July 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 7, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ton 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 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ton's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 23, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ton's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ton'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 Ton'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.

Elibariki

Elibariki is a playful and friends 10-year-old boy. He is the third born child in a family of five children. Elibariki has not started school yet because his parents shared that he cannot walk for a long distance due to his foot. The only school in their village is a long-distance walk for Elibariki and too far for him to manage. Elibariki’s parents are small-scale farmers who depend entirely on their harvest for their food and sell a few of the harvest to get money for other commodities. Elibariki was involved in a fire accident when he was three years old. At home, they have an open fireplace outside their house that serves as a cooking area. His mother had prepared breakfast that morning and there were still a few charcoals burning below the hot ashes. Elibariki and his siblings were playing around the fireplace when Elibariki accidentally stepped into the fire with his left foot. Access to medical care was out of reach for their family, so his parents treated him using herbal medicines. Now he is having difficulty walking. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Elibariki receive treatment. On March 15th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery and he will be able to walk much better and without pain and discomfort. Now, their family needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Elibariki’s father says, “We always hoped one day we would find the money to take him to a hospital.”

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