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Success! Nak from Cambodia raised $292 to see clearly again.

Nak
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$292
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Fully funded
Nak's treatment was fully funded on November 17, 2016.

Photo of Nak post-operation

November 21, 2016

Nak successfully received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Nak’s eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, Nak was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection. He went home after the first surgery and has yet to return to have the same operation completed in the other eye. Because returning to the clinic requires taking a day off from work and usually a family escort, he may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because he left with clear vision in one eye, his problems with blurred vision are less of a burden making the second surgery a less immediate priority than the first. The second surgery will be free whenever Nak returns.

“I feel very happy that I can see clearly again so that I can continue my work as a farmer,” shares Nak. “I can do any type of work easily and go places on my own too.”

Nak's eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, Nak was given ey...

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October 12, 2016

Nak is a 41-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia who is married with one son. He likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV and listen to the news on the radio. Nak heard about Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) from a person in his village who had surgery here before. He traveled for four hours with his son to reach CSC for treatment.

Nak developed a cataract in each eye about three months ago, causing him blurred vision that is slowly worsening. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, do any work, and go anywhere on his own.

For $292, Nak will undergo cataract surgery on both eyes. After surgery, Nak will be able to see clearly again.

Nak says, “I hope that I can see everything more clear than now so that I can continue my work as a farmer again, do any work easily, and go anywhere outside.”

Nak’s son says, “I hope my father can see everything more clear than now so that I don’t have to worry about his vision loss anymore.”

Nak is a 41-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia who is married with one son. He likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV and listen to the news on t...

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Nak's Timeline

  • October 12, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nak was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 12, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nak 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.

  • October 14, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 17, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nak's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 21, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Nak's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.