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Success! Ory from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly and care for her brother.

Ory
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$253
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Fully funded
Ory's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2022.

Photo of Ory post-operation

December 19, 2022

Ory underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly and care for her brother.

Ory has been the primary breadwinner of her family and needs to work to support her brother. To earn a living, Ory has managed their farm and faces financial difficulty when harvests are not productive. With poor eyesight, it has been very difficult for Ory to be outside unless someone is with her. When a villager told her about CSC, she had a simple cataract procedure that changed her life. Ory was able to return home the next day with antibiotic eye drops to instill eight times a day. One week post-operatively, Ory is able to distinguish colors and recognize faces from her affected eye. Improved vision will help Ory manage her farm better, and support her financially.

Ory shared, “Thank you to the staff and the donors who paid for me have this surgery. The hospital staff put me at ease, and I was grateful to be in their good hands. I can see now and am pleased my life will be better.”

Ory has been the primary breadwinner of her family and needs to work to support her brother. To earn a living, Ory has managed their farm an...

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July 7, 2022

Ory is a 68-year-old rice farmer who lives with and takes care of her brother, who has a developmental disability. During her free time, she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Ory developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience light sensitivity, eye tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly and this has made caring for herself and her brother more challenging.

When Ory learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 7th, doctors will perform 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 $253 procedure.

Ory says, “I hope my eye can see clearly again so I can keep planting rice and caring for my brother.”

Ory is a 68-year-old rice farmer who lives with and takes care of her brother, who has a developmental disability. During her free time, she...

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Ory's Timeline

  • July 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 7, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ory 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 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ory's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ory's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ory'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 Ory'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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Kim

Kim is a 43-year-old married father of a 15-year-old son. While his family has a rice farm and tends farm animals to sell at the market, Kim also works in the city in construction, to add to the financial support for his family. When he is home, he enjoys meeting with his friends, and watching boxing on TV. In May, Kim was in a motor collision with another motorbike, badly injuring his left shoulder and forearm. He went to the local hospital, where he underwent surgery, and had hardware placed that would hold the fractured bones in his arm together. Despite the surgery, his forearm continues to be very painful, and he experiences tingling in his fingers, although he can't move them. In addition to these symptoms, his fingers are bent into a claw like position, because of damage to a major nerve that controls the muscles in his hand and arm. His arm is weak, and he cannot work with his left hand, so he is unable to pursue jobs in construction. The loss in pay from his construction work has made it difficult for his family financially, and Kim is worried about their future. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is here to help Kim access the care that he needs. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting your help to fund a $572 procedure, which is scheduled for September 12th. During this surgery, physicians at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre will perform a nerve exploration and a bone graft, to complete the repair of Kim's arm, enabling him to return to his construction work, and to a life without pain. Kim shared: "After surgery, I hope my arm will have no more pain, I will heal soon, and will be able to work with my hand for my family again."

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$73raised
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