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Success! Nheat from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Nheat
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$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Nheat's treatment was fully funded on June 27, 2021.

Photo of Nheat post-operation

April 12, 2021

Nheat underwent a sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Nheat had a successful cataract surgery, and she will now have improved vision and be able to enjoy her retirement. Nheat can recognize faces again, and go outside without difficulty. She looks forward to visiting the pagoda where she worships.

Nheat shared, “I am so thankful to the donors who helped me have this surgery. My health will be better and I can help my family again.”

Nheat had a successful cataract surgery, and she will now have improved vision and be able to enjoy her retirement. Nheat can recognize face...

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March 22, 2021

Nheat is a 76-year-old rice farmer with one son, four daughters, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away 30 years ago. Currently, Nheat lives with her youngest son, who is also a farmer. Due to her age, she no longer goes to the field to farm. Instead, she enjoys spending her time taking care of her many grandchildren and listening to monks preaching on the radio.

Five years ago, Nheat developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, photo phobia, and sometime tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Nheat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour with her son seeking treatment. On March 22nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place 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.

Nheat shared, “I hope after surgery that I can see well again, help my daughter-in-law take care of the grandchildren, take care of myself, and go back to the pagoda on my own.”

Nheat is a 76-year-old rice farmer with one son, four daughters, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away 30 years ago. Currently, Nh...

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Nheat's Timeline

  • March 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nheat 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.

  • March 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nheat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nheat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nheat's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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