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Yang Mok from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Yang Mok
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yang Mok's treatment was fully funded on July 5, 2022.

Photo of Yang Mok post-operation

July 18, 2022

Yang Mok underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Yang Mok had a large cataract, and surgeons opted for a special procedure that was successful! Yang Mok had no complications and was able to return home a few days after surgery. As his eye heals, his life will improve because he will have better vision. He has new confidence that this will help him get better construction jobs, and an increased ability to support his family.

Yank Mok said: “I am very relieved that my eyesight will continue to improve. I can find good jobs and even watch boxing on TV again! Thank you for your help.”

Yang Mok had a large cataract, and surgeons opted for a special procedure that was successful! Yang Mok had no complications and was able to...

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March 9, 2022

Yang Mok is a 54-year-old construction worker. He is married, and his wife sells fish at their local market. When he is home, Yang Mok enjoys listening to the news on the radio.

Two years ago, Yang Mok developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. As a result, it is difficult for him to work outside in the sun so he cannot work as much as he used to. Currently, Yang Mok has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he cannot go places on his own.

Fortunately, Yang Mok was able to travel to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. On March 9th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Yang Mok shared, “After surgery, I hope my eye can see clearly again. It will be easier for me to work in my job and help my wife at home.”

Yang Mok is a 54-year-old construction worker. He is married, and his wife sells fish at their local market. When he is home, Yang Mok enjoy...

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Yang Mok's Timeline

  • March 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yang Mok 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 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yang Mok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 5, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yang Mok's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Yang Mok. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Yang Mok'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.