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

Phoeun
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phoeun's treatment was fully funded on May 3, 2022.

Photo of Phoeun post-operation

May 11, 2022

Phoeun underwent cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Phoeun had successful surgery and was able to return back home the following day. She is thrilled at her progress to date and looks forward to walking her grandchildren to school and cooking for them again. She feels her life will be more meaningful with this renewed independence.

Phoeun’s daughter said: “We are happy that my mother was able to have this operation to improve her eyesight. She can enjoy her retirement and time with our family. Thank you to the hospital staff and all the people who help us for her operation.”

Phoeun had successful surgery and was able to return back home the following day. She is thrilled at her progress to date and looks forward ...

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February 8, 2022

Phoeun is a 66-year-old retired construction worker. She has two sons, five daughters, and 20 grandchildren. Phoeun lives with her eldest daughter and her son-in-law who both work in construction. In her free time, Phoeun likes to watch movies.

Two years ago, Phoeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces. She is also worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own.

When Phoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Phoeun shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see well. I want to travel on my own and be able to help take care of my grandchildren well.”

Phoeun is a 66-year-old retired construction worker. She has two sons, five daughters, and 20 grandchildren. Phoeun lives with her eldest da...

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Phoeun's Timeline

  • February 8, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 8, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phoeun 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.

  • February 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 3, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phoeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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