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Success! Merk from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Merk
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Merk's treatment was fully funded on April 2, 2022.

Photo of Merk post-operation

April 13, 2022

Merk underwent cataract surgery and can now see the faces of her grandchildren.

After a long journey from the northern-most province in Cambodia, Merk underwent successful cataract surgery at CSC. Her vision has already improved and she can now see the faces of her children and grandchildren, which means the world to her. Merk’s granddaughter shared how happy she is for her grandmother because she can see clearly again and have more independence in her life.

Merk said, “I am so happy my brother told me about CSC to have my eye fixed. I will see well again, recognize faces, and cook for my family. Thank you to everybody who gave me money so I could have this operation.”

After a long journey from the northern-most province in Cambodia, Merk underwent successful cataract surgery at CSC. Her vision has alread...

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January 9, 2022

Merk is a 67-year-old retired rice and potato farmer. She has three children and 15 grandchildren. Sadly, her husband died many years ago, so she lives with one of her granddaughters, helping to care for the other children. She likes to go visit her relatives and friends in her free time.

One year ago, Merk developed a cataract in her left eye. She is fearful of walking by herself due to her poor vision, and she also sees halos around lights.

When Merk learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled a long distance for seven and a half hours on rural roads seeking treatment. On January 10th, doctors will perform small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Merk shared, “I hope doctors can make my vision better so I can help my granddaughter in the house with cooking and I can be more independent.”

Merk is a 67-year-old retired rice and potato farmer. She has three children and 15 grandchildren. Sadly, her husband died many years ago, s...

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Merk's Timeline

  • January 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Merk was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Merk 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.

  • January 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Merk's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Merk's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Merk's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Merk'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.