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Success! Chhat from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Chhat
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chhat's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2021.

Photo of Chhat post-operation

December 23, 2021

Chhat underwent cataract surgery and is back home healing.

Chhat traveled for her cataract surgery and was very relieved with the result. She’s now resting for a few days and continues to heal. Her vision will improve, and she will soon be able to go outside again to work in the fields and continue supporting her family.

Chhat said: “I am so relieved I will be able to see better. I was afraid I would never be able to see my grandchildren’s faces, and now I look forward to traveling to visit my family. Thank you for helping me see better.”

Chhat traveled for her cataract surgery and was very relieved with the result. She's now resting for a few days and continues to heal. Her v...

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September 9, 2021

Chhat is a 64-year-old rice farmer. She has two sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Sadly, her husband passed away many years ago. Now she lives with her youngest son, while her other children live nearby. When she is not working, she likes to travel around visiting her grandchildren. She also enjoys listening to music on the radio.

Two years ago, Chhat developed a cataract in her left eye causing her blurry vision and sensitivity to light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Chhat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 9th, 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 $229 procedure.

Chhat shared, “I have not been able to work much since I got this problem, so I hope my vision gets better and I can go back to work, and help more around the house.”

Chhat is a 64-year-old rice farmer. She has two sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Sadly, her husband passed away many years ago....

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Chhat's Timeline

  • September 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhat 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.

  • September 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhat's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhat'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 $229 for Chhat'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.