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Success! Oeun from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery to restore her vision.

Oeun
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Oeun's treatment was fully funded on December 4, 2022.

Photo of Oeun post-operation

December 26, 2022

Oeun underwent cataract surgery to restore her vision.

Oeun was nervous to travel far, but was depressed because she could no longer help her daughter on the farm, cook for the family, or see the televsion. A villager told her about Children’s Surgical Centre, where she had successful surgery to remove her cataract. After surgery, she spent the night in the hospital, then was able to return home with eye drops to reduce the chance of infection. When her eyesight stabilizes, she will be able to return to her daily activities, help her daughter, and be more independent.

Oeun’s daughter said: “the hospital staff put my mother at ease and she was grateful to be in their good hands. She can see better and pleased her life will be better. Thank you to the staff and the donors who paid for us have this surgery.”

Oeun was nervous to travel far, but was depressed because she could no longer help her daughter on the farm, cook for the family, or see the...

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November 15, 2022

Oeun is a 62-year-old retired rice farmer. She has two sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. Oeun’s husband passed away a long time ago, and she lives with her second daughter, who is a farmer. At home, Oeun enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

A year ago, Oeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she cannot go places on her own.

When Oeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half seeking treatment. On November 15th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure.

Oeun shared, “After surgery, I hope I will be able to see things clearly, see faces again, and can join ceremonies at the pagoda.”

Oeun is a 62-year-old retired rice farmer. She has two sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. Oeun’s husband passed away a long time...

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Oeun's Timeline

  • November 15, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 15, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Oeun 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.

  • November 17, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 4, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Oeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 26, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Oeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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