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Hong from Cambodia raised $225 for surgery to restore her vision.

Hong
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
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$0
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Fully funded
Hong's treatment was fully funded on June 1, 2016.

Photo of Hong post-operation

July 7, 2016

Hong received surgery to restore her vision.

Hong had one of her cataracts removed in a short surgery, during which her clouded lens was taken out and replaced with a clear artificial implant. The procedure was successful, and Hong’s vision has already become clearer than it was before.

Though she was scheduled to have cataracts removed from both eyes, she has yet to return for the second procedure.

For any number of reasons it can take patients some time to return for follow-up care. Patients often live far away or have important family matters arise that keep them from coming back to the clinic. When Hong can return, the second surgery to remove her other cataract will also be free.

Hong had one of her cataracts removed in a short surgery, during which her clouded lens was taken out and replaced with a clear artificial i...

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May 10, 2016

Hong is a 66-year-old grandmother living with her family in Cambodia. She is married with three sons, six daughters, and 13 grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda, listening to the monks pray, and participating in ceremonies in her free time.

Two years ago, Hong started having blurred vision, and became unable to work well or travel independently. She and her daughter visited our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). She was found with a cataract in each eye and was recommended surgical treatment.

Hong’s doctors told her she was in need of a phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in each eye, which will replace her internal lenses and restore her vision to full clarity. In total, the procedure, supplies, drugs, and three days of inpatient care will cost $225. Hong’s family needs financial assistance to complete payment.

Hong will have her vision cleared after full recovery from her surgery and will be able to work independently. “I hope I will see everything clearly,” she adds, “and will be able to look after my grandchildren.” Her daughter is looking forward to the relief that will come after her mother is independent again.

Hong is a 66-year-old grandmother living with her family in Cambodia. She is married with three sons, six daughters, and 13 grandchildren. S...

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Hong's Timeline

  • May 10, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hong was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 10, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Hong was scheduled to receive 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.

  • May 26, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 01, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hong's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 07, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hong's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 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.