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Success! Rin from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so he can see clearly and participate in more activities.

Rin
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Rin's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Rin post-operation

January 9, 2023

Rin underwent cataract surgery so he can see clearly and participate in more activities.

After learning about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, from a neighbor, Rin underwent cataract surgery with the hopes of seeing more clearly upon recovery. Rin’s procedure went well, and he returned home the next day to rest and apply eye drops to continue his healing. Upon full recovery, Run will be able to read clearly and hold meetings for the community again. This will allow him to maintain his status as a village elder, a position that is very dear to Rin and his family.

Rin’s wife said, “We are very grateful to all the people who paid for my husband’s surgery so he can see well again. He was feeling bad about himself, and now he is much happier and more independent. Thank you for your help to Cambodians who are in need of eye surgeries.”

After learning about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, from a neighbor, Rin underwent cataract surgery with the hopes of seei...

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July 18, 2022

Rin is a 60-year-old commune chief from Cambodia. He is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren. Rin currently enjoys spending time listening to the news on the radio and watching TV, but he has many plans for how he wants to spend his time once his condition is corrected.

Two years ago, Rin developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him to experience light sensitivity, eye tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. Because of this, he is not able to go places on his own.

When Rin learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On July 18th, doctors will perform small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Rin says, “I hope I can see clearly after my surgery. I want to recognize things well, go far places on my own, and read and write.”

Rin is a 60-year-old commune chief from Cambodia. He is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren. Rin currently enjoys spending t...

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Rin's Timeline

  • July 18, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 18, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rin 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 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rin's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Rin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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.