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

Vanh
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$253
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Vanh's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2022.

Photo of Vanh post-operation

January 9, 2023

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

Vanh has been lonely since his wife’s passing and his poor vision made it difficult for him to get around the village. He was happy to learn about the Eye Surgery program at Children’s Surgical Centre, and had successful surgery to repair his cataract. After recovering for twenty-four hours, he was able to return home with anti-biotic eye drops to instill eight times daily. When his eye has healed, he will be able to recognize the faces of his family and go outside. This will help him spend more time visiting with friends and relatives. He looks forward to visiting the pagoda by himself.

Vanh said: “I am relieved to see well again. My daughter won’t have to worry about me, and I can visit the market and pagoda by myself. Thank you to the staff who fixed my eye and to you who paid for my surgery.”

Vanh has been lonely since his wife's passing and his poor vision made it difficult for him to get around the village. He was happy to learn...

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July 18, 2022

Vanh is a 72-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. His wife unfortunately passed away, so he now lives with his youngest daughter, who is a farmer. Some of his favorite ways to spend his time are listening to the news and listening to monks pray on the radio.

Three years ago, Vanh developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to experience itchiness, 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 Vanh learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for five and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 18th, doctors will perform small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Vanh shares, “I hope after surgery my eye can see well again. I want to join ceremonies at the pagoda.”

Vanh is a 72-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. His wife unfortunately pas...

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Vanh's Timeline

  • July 18, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 18, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vanh 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

    Vanh's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vanh's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vanh's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Vanh'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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U Eain

When U Eain was 10 years old, he became a monk. Now, at the age of 33, he lives with five other monks in a monastery in Yangon, Burma. As a monk, U Eain doesn't have an income. Instead, every morning, two of the novice monks from his monastery collect food donated by followers in Yangon. In addition, worshipers who visit the monastery donate vegetables, fruits and curries to eat. When the monks preach in other villages, they may receive small cash donations, and when U Eain's parents visit him every year, they provide U Eain with a small amount of money. In this way, the monks are able to cover their basic needs. In February, U Eain went to a town in Mon State to preach. During his second day there, he felt very tired and struggled to breathe, and ultimately, he had to stop preaching. He went to a local clinic, where he received two injections that helped him to feel better. The next day, he returned to his monastery in Yangon. Once he was home, he developed a fever and felt very tired, so he went to a nearby clinic. There, he received an electrocardiogram (ECG). After his results came back, the doctor told him that there were problems with his heart, and U Eain was referred to Yangon Government Hospital for an echocardiogram. On April 19th, U Eain had the echocardiogram, and then brought the results back to the nearby clinic. Due to numerous issues uncovered by the test, U Eain will need cardiac surgery to replace two valves in his heart. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is able to help U Eain access the care that he needs. On October 21st, doctors at Pun Hlaing Hospital will replace the two valves in U Eain's heart, relieving him of the chest pains, rapid heartbeat, fatigue and difficulty breathing that he suffers from now. With his limited income, U Eain needs your support to raise the $1,500 to cover the cost of the procedure. He is hopeful to feel himself again soon and looks forward to returning to preaching and teaching. U Eain said: “I am so happy to receive treatment. I would like to say thank you so much to all of the donors.”

73% funded

73%funded
$1,100raised
$400to go

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.