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Seang from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring surgery.

Seang
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Seang's treatment was fully funded on August 7, 2016.

Photo of Seang post-operation

October 12, 2016

Seang successfully received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Seang’s eye cataract was successfully removed in her left eye and clear vision has been restored. Following her procedure, she received Tobradex eye drops to reduce inflammation and Ciprofloxacin eye drops to fight bacteria. She 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, she may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because the patient left with clear vision in one eye, her 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 she returns.

Seang shares, “I am happy that I can see everything clearly again so I can continue my work as a farmer again and easily go anywhere outside by myself.”

Seang's eye cataract was successfully removed in her left eye and clear vision has been restored. Following her procedure, she received Tobr...

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July 5, 2016

Seang is a 76-year-old woman from Cambodia married with two sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. She spends her time cooking and cleaning in her home. She traveled three hours with her daughter to reach Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment.

One year ago, Seang developed a cataract in each of her eyes. This causes her blurred vision, tearing, cloudy lenses, and photophobia. She can’t see everyone clearly or do work very well.

After a small incision cataract surgery and intraocular lens implant in each eye, Seang will be able to see clearly again. This procedure costs $225.

Seang is a 76-year-old woman from Cambodia married with two sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. She spends her time cooking and clean...

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Seang's Timeline

  • July 5, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Seang was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • July 5, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    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.

  • August 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Seang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 7, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Seang's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Seang. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.

Maria

Maria is a 70-year-old farmer. She shared that she lost her husband in 1999 and is the mother of six children who she has worked hard to raise well. She has three daughters and three sons, all married and small-scale farmers. Maria was not able to attend school when she was young because she was a refugee from Congo. Her family was always on the move, so she never had the opportunity to attend school. She's earned a living from farming and grows food crops like sorghum, maize, and rice. She has limited land, but when she has a small surplus, she is able to sell the crops to generate income for her family. Maria is a religious, jolly, and happy person and is proud to serve as a leader of the Holy Mary community in her village. She shared that praying the rosary is her passion. Two years back, Maria started feeling her uterus drop. It wasn’t painful, which never made her seek medical treatment, but recently, the pain became worse, accompanied by backaches, abdominal pain, and other symptoms. She first went to Kambuga hospital, where she was examined, diagnosed, and recommended for surgical treatment. However, she never managed to undergo her surgery due to limited finances. After sharing how she feels with a friend, she learned of our medical partner's surgical support program at Nyakibale Hospital, and this gave her a breath of hope that she could be supported. She traveled there and after examination, she was diagnosed with uterine prolapse. The doctors have recommended a total hysterectomy treatment to heal her condition. However, her income is too limited to enable her to afford the cost of her surgery and she appeals for support. Maria says, "I believe that the Lord will again do for me as he has always been for me. I hope to get much better once operated and continue with farming to sustain my family. "

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