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

Neary
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Neary's treatment was fully funded on January 30, 2021.

Photo of Neary post-operation

October 26, 2020

Neary underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Neary had a successful cataract surgery! She was discharged home with eye drops and a followup appointment has been scheduled to check on her healing process. Now she can see well and is happy to be more independent.

Neary said, “I am very happy that I can see better. Now I can recognize my children, relatives, and neighbors.”

Neary had a successful cataract surgery! She was discharged home with eye drops and a followup appointment has been scheduled to check on he...

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September 10, 2020

Neary is a 72-year-old wife and mother from Cambodia. She has fours sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. Neary lives with her youngest son who is a rice farmer. She shared that she enjoys listening to music on the radio.

Ten years ago, Neary developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Neary learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her son seeking treatment. On September 9th, doctors will perform small incision cataract surgery (SICS) 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.

Neary said, “I hope after surgery I can see everything and recognize faces clearer than now. I want to be able to do any work and go travel and get around on my own.”

Her son added, “I hope my mother’s surgery is successful so her vision can improve and she can be happy.”

Neary is a 72-year-old wife and mother from Cambodia. She has fours sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. Neary lives with her younge...

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Neary's Timeline

  • September 09, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Neary 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.

  • September 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Neary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Neary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Neary's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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

Kay is a 34-year-old woman who lives with her husband and two sons in a village on the Thai-Burma border. Her husband is a day labourer at a construction site, while both of her children are students. Kay used to work in a factory but stopped last year when her health deteriorated. Kay remembers first feeling the pain she has in her abdomen in April of 2014, a month after she gave birth to her second son. Five years later, the pain in the left side of her abdomen returned. Kay also could not eat or drink anything, and vomited every time she tried to eat. At the hospital, she was given medication and was instructed to take it regularly. Though Kay felt better at a follow-up appointment, some of her symptoms were still persistent, so the medic referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At that hospital, Kay received an ultrasound, blood test and urine test, and the results revealed that she had stones in her left ureter. The doctor recommended that she undergo laser treatment to breakup these stones and treat the pain she has been experiencing. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is helping Kay receive treatment. On March 2nd, she is scheduled to undergo a shockwave lithotripsy treatment at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $1,500, and she and her family need help raising money. Kay shared, “I really want to recover. I cannot work at the factory [because of my condition] but I want to earn money. In the future, if I recover, I want to open a small shop to sell dry goods.”

67% funded

67%funded
$1,015raised
$485to go

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