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Success! Nai from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring surgery.

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

Photo of Nai post-operation

January 5, 2022

Nai underwent sight-restoring surgery.

Nai’s surgery was a success! He can see clearly again and will apply eye drops to continue his healing. His children shared that they are happy he can live with greater independence as he can see better and have an easier time walking.

Nai’s daughter said, “We are grateful that my father’s eyesight is better. He can be more independent, and we don’t have to worry any longer. Thank you to everyone who paid for him to have this surgery and have a better life.”

Nai's surgery was a success! He can see clearly again and will apply eye drops to continue his healing. His children shared that they are ha...

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November 10, 2021

Nai is a retired farmer with two sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. Nai lives with his wife and their oldest daughter, who also works as a farmer. In his free time, Nai enjoys playing with his grandchildren, watching the news on TV, and visiting the local pagoda to listen to the monks pray.

Four years ago, Nai developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Nai learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 10th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund Nai’s procedure.

Nai shared, “I hope after surgery I can see well again so I can recognize faces, go outside by myself, and take care of our grandchildren.”

Nai is a retired farmer with two sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. Nai lives with his wife and their oldest daughter, who also w...

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Nai's Timeline

  • November 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nai 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 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nai's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Nai'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Aziza

Aziza is 14-year-old girl and the second born child in a family of three children. She has just completed her class seven exams and looks forward to joining secondary school once the national examination results are out. She would love to be a teacher when she grows up. Aziza was involved in a fire accident when she was just three years old and she had not been able to use her left hand to hold things or be able to participate in many home chores. Aziza had surgery in February 2020 to release the burn contracture on her hand, which went a long way to enable her to use her hand more. Now, Aziza also needs an amputation of the small finger of her left hand. Her small finger has significant flexion contracture with severe damage to the joint capsules. Aziza is being raised by one of her aunts while her other siblings are being raised by other relatives after their mother passed away three years ago. Their father is not reliable in taking care of the children, and that’s when relatives decided to come in to help since they would miss meals and they didn’t have anyone to wash their clothes or provide them with other needs. Aziza’s aunt has three children of her own and including Aziza she has a total of four children. Aziza’s aunt is a stay at home wife while the husband sells bicycle spare parts and repairs them for a living. The income is not much but just enough to help support the family. Aziza says, “I am scared to lose a part of my hand but I agree with the surgeons that it is necessary and I hope it will help me be able to use my hand more. Please help me get this treatment.”

72% funded

72%funded
$785raised
$303to go