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Success! Noeun from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract surgery.

Noeun
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
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$0
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Fully funded
Noeun's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2020.

Photo of Noeun post-operation

October 26, 2019

Noeun underwent cataract surgery.

Noeun has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Noeun’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of life. She looks forward to being able to go places independently and see her grandchildren’s faces.

Noeun said, “I am so happy that I can see everything more clearly than before, and I can now continue my work at the rice field. I can help around the house by feeding the cows and chickens, and can go anyplace I want to on my own again.”

Noeun has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Noeun’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of ...

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October 8, 2019

Noeun is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six children, nine grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time.

One year ago, Noeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her tearing and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Noeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 09, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure.

Noeun said, “I hope that after my surgery I can see clearly so I can return to planting rice and feeding the cows on the farm.”

Noeun is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six children, nine grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the ra...

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Noeun's Timeline

  • October 8, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Noeun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 9, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Noeun received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Noeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 26, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Noeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Noeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Noeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$125
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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$676raised
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