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Success! Koem Seang from Cambodia raised $229 to fund surgery to restore her sight.

Koem Seang
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Koem Seang's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Koem Seang post-operation

January 12, 2022

Koem Seang underwent surgery to restore her sight.

Koem Seang was afraid to go to the hospital but was very happy when she left. She will rest for several days, and apply eye drops to aid in healing. Her vision has greatly improved, and she feels better about walking outside by herself. She looks forward to being more independent and wants to visit her local pagoda soon to pray with the monks.

Her daughter said: “We were afraid my mother could not take care of herself because she did not see well and had trouble walking and eating. Now she can help me with housework, and I don’t have to worry about her any longer.”

Koem Seang was afraid to go to the hospital but was very happy when she left. She will rest for several days, and apply eye drops to aid in ...

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November 29, 2021

Koem Seang is 73 years old and has two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. She is a retired farmer and lives with her husband and her daughter, who are both farmers. At home, she likes to listen to the news on TV and the monks praying on the radio.

Three years ago, Koem Seang developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and tearing. She is unable to independently go outside and feels poorly. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Koem Seang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 29th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

“I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly,” says Koem Seang. “I can do some housework, visit the pagoda and help my daughter take care of my grandchildren.”

Koem Seang is 73 years old and has two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. She is a retired farmer and lives with her husband and...

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Koem Seang's Timeline

  • November 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Koem Seang 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.

  • November 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Koem Seang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Koem Seang's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Koem Seang'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 $229 for Koem Seang'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.