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Success! Laiheng from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so that he can see clearly.

Laiheng
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$229
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Fully funded
Laiheng's treatment was fully funded on December 15, 2021.

Photo of Laiheng post-operation

December 22, 2021

Laiheng underwent cataract surgery so that he can see well again.

Laiheng’s surgery was a success! He will now rest for a few days before returning home. Laiheng expressed great joy to know that his eyesight will improve, and he can go outside in the sun and continue his farming to feed his family.

Laiheng shared, “I am happy my vision is good. I can be independent, go to the pagoda myself, and work in the fields to grow food. Thank you for helping me.”

Laiheng's surgery was a success! He will now rest for a few days before returning home. Laiheng expressed great joy to know that his eyesigh...

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October 20, 2021

Lai Heng is a 55-year-old farmer. He’s married and has one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Lai Heng lives with his wife, who is also a farmer, and their youngest daughter who is a student. In his free time, Lai Heng enjoys listening to the news and the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Lai Heng developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Lai Heng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 20th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Laiheng shared, “I hope my eye can see clearly again after surgery so I can go back to the rice field and plant some vegetables around my house for extra money.”

Lai Heng is a 55-year-old farmer. He's married and has one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Lai Heng lives with his wife, who is...

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Laiheng's Timeline

  • October 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Laiheng 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.

  • October 25, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Laiheng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Laiheng's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Laiheng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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

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Titus is a 22-year-old motorcyclist and is the sixth born in a family of nine: six boys and three girls. His father earns wages from farming and working in other people’s farms, while his mother takes care of their house and family. They live in a two-roomed iron-built house in their village. Two months ago, Titus was involved in a road accident. He was riding a motorcycle that lost brake power and fell into a ditch. Titus sustained lacerations on his knee and fractured his right patella, and was rushed to a nearby district hospital where he was sutured and discharged home. Three weeks later, when he tried to stretch his leg, his wound opened and an X-Ray imaging of his leg revealed an open patella fracture. The doctor has recommended open reduction and internal fixation surgery and skin grafting to avoid further complications and further wound infection. Currently, Titus is in pain and has to use a walking frame to get around. His parents have desperately searched for a solution, but their socioeconomic status with the family of many children in school with fees has limited the options of helping Titus. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 13th, Titus will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will relieve him of his pain and he'll be able to use his leg once he recovers. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Titus shared, "My biggest hope is to get an opportunity to be treated so that I can go home to better my life.”

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