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Success! Leang from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Leang
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Leang's treatment was fully funded on January 6, 2021.

Photo of Leang post-operation

September 16, 2020

Leang underwent cataract surgery.

Leang’s surgery was successful. She will need to use medicated eye drops for 4 weeks after her operation. Once she has fully recovered, she will have improved vision and will enjoy increased independence in her daily activities, without experiencing irritation.

Leang shared, “Now I can see everything and recognize where I am going more easily. I am excited to visit my grandchildren and recognize all their faces again.”

Leang's surgery was successful. She will need to use medicated eye drops for 4 weeks after her operation. Once she has fully recovered, she ...

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July 8, 2020

Leang is a 77-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children and ten grandchildren. She has lived alone since her husband was killed by gun violence twenty years ago. Her children often visit her to help her take care of her home. In her free time she like to listening to monks praying on the radio.

Ten years ago, Leang developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation and lens clouding. These symptoms have worsened in the past five months. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside independently.

When Leang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On July 8th, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

Leang told us, “I hope I can be more independent after this surgery. My family is always worried about me and helping me a lot, but if I can see better I can take better care of myself.”

Leang is a 77-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children and ten grandchildren. She has lived alone since her husband...

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Leang's Timeline

  • July 8, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Leang was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 08, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leang 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.

  • July 09, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Leang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 06, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Leang's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Leang'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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U Win

U Win is a 54-year-old man who lives with his wife and youngest son in the Ayeyarwaddy Division in Burma. He has three sons and three daughters, with five of his children already married and working. His 17-year-old son left school because they were unable to pay school fees, and worked as a day laborer until COVID-19 happened. U Win used to work as a day laborer as well, but stopped working around two years ago due to his health condition. His family survives on 60,000 kyat (approx. 60 USD) each month that U Win's three other daughters and another son send them, enough to cover their basic expenses. In January 2012, U Win felt tired, had a headache, suffered from heart palpitations, and a rapid heartbeat. He went to a clinic where the doctor listened to his heart with a stethoscope and checked his blood pressure. U Win was told that he has high blood pressure and that he would need to take oral medication for a long time. He received an injection, oral medication, and another appointment for more medication. After he took the medication, he felt better and he went back to work. However, U Win continued to experience worsening symptoms over the next few years, returning to clinics and receiving the same treatment. He was told at one point to visit a cardiologist, but did not do so until later on. In August 2020, during another clinic visit in Yangon, the doctor diagnosed U Win with an atrial septal defect, and said that he would need to receive surgery to repair this hole in his heart. If not treated, the condition could weaken his heart further and cause lung problems later on. He was unable to receive surgery in November due to an upsurge in COVID-19 cases, and was also told the procedure would cost about 3,000,000 kyat (approx. 3,000 USD). Luckily, U Win’s wife remembered that there is a charity group in Yangon that might be able to help. The group told him about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, to look for assistance with accessing the treatment he needed. U Win currently experiences chest pain and back pain, has no appetite, and cannot sleep well at night. He appeals for financial support for his cost of care. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 20th, U Win will undergo an atrial septal defect closure procedure. Once recovered, his quality of life will significantly improve and he will be able to return to work. Now, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. U Win shared, “I want to get better soon so that I can work for my family again. I am worried about my family’s future because we cannot find work in the village. My son also cannot go to Yangon to find another job because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.”

81% funded

81%funded
$1,216raised
$284to go

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