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Success! Mut from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so he can see clearly and return to work.

Mut
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
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$0
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Fully funded
Mut's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2022.

Photo of Mut post-operation

December 19, 2022

Mut underwent cataract surgery so he can see clearly and return to work.

Mut had a successful operation and was able to return home the next day. He can already recognize faces and colors are more distinctive for him. Mut’s surgery was significantly life-improving as he can return to work on his family’s farm without the worry of going blind.

Mut said: “It will be easier for me to manage the farm when I see better. My eyesight has improved so I can be useful and support our family. Thank you to the people who paid for me to have this surgery so I can see well again.”

Mut had a successful operation and was able to return home the next day. He can already recognize faces and colors are more distinctive for ...

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July 11, 2022

Mut is a hardworking 33-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has twin sons. His wife also works as a farmer. During his free time, Mut enjoys listening to the news and watching boxing.

Six months ago, Mut’s eye was hit by bamboo. Due to this incident, he developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him to experience blurry vision and eye tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he is not able to go places on his own.

When Mut learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 11th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Mut says, “I hope after surgery I can go to the rice field again and also plant some vegetables around my house for extra income.”

Mut is a hardworking 33-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has twin sons. His wife also works as a farmer. During his fre...

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Mut's Timeline

  • July 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mut 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 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mut's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mut's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mut's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Mut'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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Oo is a 52-year-old man from Burma, living with his wife and daughter. Oo's wife is a day laborer, while his daughter works as a salesperson in a store. Oo is unemployed because of health issues, but he enjoys growing vegetables, and guarding the entrance gate of the village. In the midst of the rainy season in July, Oo placed his belongings on a friend's bullock cart, and went to climb on top of the cart to ride. As he was preparing to climb onto the cart, it suddenly jerked forward, throwing Oo to the ground, and injuring his right arm. After a week had gone by, Oo, who was experiencing significant pain in his arm, traveled to a local free clinic, where he was given a shot to ease the discomfort. He was told that he would need to have the injury investigated further at a hospital in Yangon. In October, Oo's arm was X-rayed at the Karen Baptist Convention Hospital in Yangon, and it was determined that the bone in his arm had been broken, and had never healed properly. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Oo will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones on October 25th, at Karen Baptist Convention Hospital. This surgery will promote the complete and correct healing of the fracture, enabling Oo to lift his arm without pain, and to return to work. Oo needs your help to raise the $885 for this procedure. Oo said: “I am very worried that the doctor will not be able to treat me because I sought treatment so late. It is so difficult to go to Yangon because I live in a conflict area and there are a lot of travel restrictions."

43% funded

43%funded
$384raised
$501to go

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