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Leab is a vegetable farmer from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund cataract surgery on her right eye.

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April 23, 2020

Leab is a 73-year-old vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons, seven daughters, and many grandchildren. At home, she likes to play with her grandchildren and listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Three months ago, Leab developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, eye irritation, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Leab learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 23rd, 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.

“I hope that my mother will see everything better after the surgery. Right now I do very much worry about her eye,” Leab’s son said.

Leab is a 73-year-old vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons, seven daughters, and many grandchildren. At home, she likes to play...

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Leab's Timeline

  • April 23, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Leab was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 23, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leab received 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.

  • April 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leab's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 18, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Leab's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Leab is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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