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Success! Yi from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can see well again.

Yi
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yi's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Yi post-operation

December 17, 2022

Yi underwent cataract surgery so she can see well again.

Yi assumed she would have poor vision for the rest of her life until she heard about CSC from neighbors who underwent similar surgery. Yi traveled to CSC hospital with her daughter and underwent successful surgery to remove her cataract. She rested for several days and applied eye drops to continue her healing. As a result of surgery, Yi’s life will improve because she can go back to doing the things she loves most: visiting the local pagoda and playing with her grandchildren.

Yi’s daughter said, “My mother is so much happier with better vision. She will be able to take walks with the children and go places by herself. Thank you to the donors and hospital staff who have made her life better. I would like to share that we are very grateful to you.”

Yi assumed she would have poor vision for the rest of her life until she heard about CSC from neighbors who underwent similar surgery. Yi tr...

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July 6, 2022

Yi is a 73-year-old retired rice farmer with one daughter, two sons, and three beautiful grandchildren. Her husband sadly passed away a long time ago. She now lives with her eldest daughter, who works as a laborer. Yi enjoys spending her time visiting the nearby pagoda and caring for her grandchildren.

Two years ago, Yi developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her to experience eye tearing and blurry vision. 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 Yi learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 6th, doctors will perform a 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 $253 procedure.

Yi says, “I hope my vision will improve enough so that I can get around on my own, take care of my grandchildren, and go back to visit the pagoda more.”

Yi is a 73-year-old retired rice farmer with one daughter, two sons, and three beautiful grandchildren. Her husband sadly passed away a long...

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Yi's Timeline

  • July 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 6, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yi 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 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yi's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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