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Success! Chhoeun from Cambodia raised $253 to fund life-changing cataract surgery.

Chhoeun
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chhoeun's treatment was fully funded on June 10, 2022.

Photo of Chhoeun post-operation

June 17, 2022

Chhoeun underwent life-changing cataract surgery and is back to what he loves.

Chhoeun had successful surgery at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre and was able to return home the next day. When his eye heals completely, he will be more independent and can return to the daily activities he loves: working on the family farm, playing basketball, and helping care for his grandchildren.

Chhoeun said: “I am grateful to the staff and all who have made my life easier now that I can see better. I look forward to working on my farm with my children now that I am not afraid to walk outside by myself. I feel joy to be able to see well again.”

Chhoeun had successful surgery at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre and was able to return home the next day. When his eye heal...

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May 2, 2022

Chhoeun is a 45-year-old rice farmer. He is married and has one daughter and three sons. His wife is a garment worker at a local factory, and his children are students. When Chhoeun is not working in the fields, he likes to play basketball with friends or his children.

One year ago, Chhoeun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he cannot go places on his own.

When Chhoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 2nd, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, Chhoeun will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure.

Chhoeun shared with us, “After surgery, I hope my eye can see clearly again. I hope to easily plant rice and go out by myself without difficulty.”

Chhoeun is a 45-year-old rice farmer. He is married and has one daughter and three sons. His wife is a garment worker at a local factory, an...

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Chhoeun's Timeline

  • May 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhoeun 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.

  • May 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 10, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhoeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhoeun'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 $253 for Chhoeun'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.