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

Koem Heak
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Koem Heak's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2021.

Photo of Koem Heak post-operation

December 14, 2021

Koem Heak underwent cataract surgery and can live with greater independence.

Koem Heak had successful surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre. She is already noticing a big improvement in her eyesight. It’s been hard for her to do her daily activities with poor eyesight and now Koem Heak looks forward to doing so much more and returning to the pagoda for prayer. She and her family are very happy she can be more independent.

Koem Heak’s daughter said: “I am very happy my mother can take care of herself again. She will see better, do housework to help out, and wants to visit the pagoda for ceremonies.”

Koem Heak had successful surgery at Children's Surgical Centre. She is already noticing a big improvement in her eyesight. It's been hard fo...

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August 19, 2021

Koem Heak is a 71-year-old farmer who is married and has three sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Koem Heak lives with her husband and their youngest daughter who is also a farmer. She enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Koem Heak developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Koem Heak learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On August 19th, 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.

Koem Heak shared, “I hope after surgery my eye will see clearly. I will be happy to see the faces of my grandchildren and be able to visit the pagoda by myself.”

Koem Heak is a 71-year-old farmer who is married and has three sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Koem Heak lives with her husban...

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Koem Heak's Timeline

  • August 19, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 19, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Koem Heak 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 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Koem Heak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Koem Heak's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Koem Heak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Koem Heak'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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