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Success! Leang from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so he can continue working.

Leang
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Leang's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Leang post-operation

February 4, 2022

Leang underwent cataract surgery so he can continue working.

Leang had successful cataract surgery and was able to return home to his province. His eyesight has improved, and he feels confident now that his vision is good enough to drive his moto to sell coconuts in his province. Selling coconuts is important because he will be able to make money to feed his family and make sure his children stay in school.

Leang’s wife said: “Thank you to the staff at the hospital for helping my husband to see better. Before his surgery, he could not drive or do anything well. He is much happier and can be more independent with good eyesight.”

Leang had successful cataract surgery and was able to return home to his province. His eyesight has improved, and he feels confident now tha...

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December 6, 2021

Leang is a 48-year-old traveling coconut seller. He is married and has one son and one daughter. Both of his children are in school. When he’s not traveling, he enjoys watching boxing on television.

Three years ago, Leang developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and difficulty driving. When Leang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure.

Leang shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I can sell coconuts again to earn money for my family.”

Leang is a 48-year-old traveling coconut seller. He is married and has one son and one daughter. Both of his children are in school. When he...

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Leang's Timeline

  • December 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leang 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.

  • December 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Leang's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Leang'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 Leang'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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Sreyna

Sreyna is a 27-year-old woman who has been married for seven years. Together they have a five-year-old daughter in primary school. Sreyna works at a government office, while her husband is an electrician for a construction company in the capital of Phnom Penh. When Sreyna was ten years old, she developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, in her right ear to perforate. As a result, she has been experiencing chronic pain in her right ear, as well as headaches and ringing noise for many years. She has difficulty hearing things clearly, which complicates her communication with others at work and home. She visited several hospitals for treatments over the years but has still been unable to find relief. Even if her symptoms stop for a while, her hearing is still impacted so she cannot communicate well. Consequently, Sreyna shared that she feels shy amongst her co-workers. Overall, the perforation causes Sreyna to feel ill often, which makes it hard for her to work and support her family. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Sreyna receive the treatment she needs to finally heal. On March 9th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure, including Sreyna's medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sreyna shared, "I hope that my hearing will improve and I will stop having ear infections. I want to be a good mother and not miss so much work."

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$20raised
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