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

Mao
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mao's treatment was fully funded on December 22, 2022.

Photo of Mao post-operation

January 6, 2023

Mao underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly and care for her grandchildren.

A cataract meant Mao was unable to do many of the things she used to enjoy. She and her daughter traveled to our medical partner CSC, where she had successful surgery. She rested at home for several days and applied eye drops eight times daily to aid in healing. With improved eyesight, she can cook and clean in her daughter’s house and looks forward to walking her grandchildren to school.

Mao said: “I am grateful to the hospital staff who have made my life easier now that I can see better. I look forward to visiting my family frequently now that I am not afraid to walk outside by myself. Thank you for helping me see better so I can feel more useful.”

A cataract meant Mao was unable to do many of the things she used to enjoy. She and her daughter traveled to our medical partner CSC, where ...

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July 14, 2022

Mao is a loving grandmother from Cambodia. She has two sons, three daughters, and 11 beautiful grandchildren. Since her husband passed, she has lived with her youngest daughter, who is a garment worker. Mao no longer works as a rice farmer. Instead, she enjoys taking part in ceremonies at her local pagoda and cooking for her many grandchildren.

One year ago, Mao developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience light sensitivity, blurry vision, and eye 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 Mao learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 14th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Mao says, “I hope after surgery I can see well enough to go outside by myself and take care of my grandchildren.”

Mao is a loving grandmother from Cambodia. She has two sons, three daughters, and 11 beautiful grandchildren. Since her husband passed, she ...

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Mao's Timeline

  • July 14, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 14, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mao 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 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mao's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 22, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mao's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 6, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mao'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 Mao'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.