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

Bunheng
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Bunheng's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2020.

Photo of Bunheng post-operation

September 9, 2020

Bunheng underwent sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Bunheng can see everything clearly now and recognize the faces of his children. He will be able to start driving his motorbike again for his business soon.

Bunheng said, “I feel happy that I can see everything clearly again and my eye irritation has stopped. Now I can’t wait to go back to selling vegetables at the market again. I am grateful that my wife and my children do not have to worry about my eye problems anymore and I can support them now.”

Bunheng can see everything clearly now and recognize the faces of his children. He will be able to start driving his motorbike again for his...

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July 6, 2020

Bunheng is a 58-year-old vegetable seller from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and four children. He has two daughters and two sons. His wife works with him at the market. He spends time at home playing games with his children, and reading news on his phone.

Two years ago, Bunheng developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and tearing. In the last seven months his symptoms have gotten worse. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Bunheng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for five hours by taxi seeking treatment. On July 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Bunheng shared, “Once my vision is more clear, I can drive my bike, continue with my business and earn money to support my family.”

Bunheng is a 58-year-old vegetable seller from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and four children. He has two daughters and two sons. His wi...

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Bunheng's Timeline

  • July 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bunheng 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.

  • July 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bunheng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bunheng's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bunheng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Bunheng'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.