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Success! Ly from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can perform her daily activities without difficulty.

Ly
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ly's treatment was fully funded on January 18, 2023.

Photo of Ly post-operation

February 7, 2023

Ly underwent cataract surgery and is once again able to walk her grandchildren to school.

Ly’s children suggested she should have surgery to fix her eyesight so she could enjoy life and help with the grandchildren. She and her son traveled to CSC, where she had successful surgery. She will rest at home for several days and apply eye drops eight times daily to aid in healing. With improved eyesight, she looks forward to walking her grandchildren to school and visiting her local pagoda for ceremonies.

Ly’s son said: “My mother is so much happier with her improved vision. She was depressed that she could not see well enough to help with the house and cooking. Now she can go outside by herself and help my children. Thank you for making a difference for my mother.”

Ly's children suggested she should have surgery to fix her eyesight so she could enjoy life and help with the grandchildren. She and her so...

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August 15, 2022

Ly is a 62-year-old widow from Cambodia who has seven children and eight grandchildren. She currently lives with her youngest son. Some of her favorite activities include joining ceremonies at her local pagoda and cooking for her grandchildren.

Five years ago, Ly developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience blurry vision, light sensitivity, eye irritation, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own.

When Ly learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On August 15th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place 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.

Ly says, “I hope my vision improves and I can get around easily by myself. I want to be able to help care for my grandchildren and walk to the pagoda by myself.”

Ly is a 62-year-old widow from Cambodia who has seven children and eight grandchildren. She currently lives with her youngest son. Some of h...

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Ly's Timeline

  • August 15, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 15, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ly 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.

  • August 15, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 18, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ly's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 7, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Ly'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.