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Success! Pheng from Cambodia raised $229 for vision-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Pheng
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pheng's treatment was fully funded on November 24, 2021.

Photo of Pheng post-operation

November 30, 2021

Pheng underwent vision-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Pheng had a successful surgery and was able to return home after surgeons determined she was stable.
Pheng’s life will be better because she can go places independently and see her grandchildren’s faces.

Pheng’s daughter said: “I am relieved my mother’s vision has improved. She can help me with the children and cook their favorite meals. Thank you for helping my mother to see well again.”

Pheng had a successful surgery and was able to return home after surgeons determined she was stable. Pheng's life will be better because ...

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September 6, 2021

Pheng is an elderly mother of six with two sons, four daughters, and now many grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who is a rice farmer. Pheng’s husband passed away many years ago. Pheng no longer works, but instead stays home to help her daughter take care of the grandchildren and sometimes she cooks. She likes to listen to the news and monks pray on the radio.

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

When Pheng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On September 6th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and will place 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.

Pheng said, “I hope my eye can see clearly again. I can see my children and my grandchildren’s face clearly. And I want to go to the pagoda by myself.”

Pheng is an elderly mother of six with two sons, four daughters, and now many grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who is a r...

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Pheng's Timeline

  • September 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pheng 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.

  • September 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pheng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pheng's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 30, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pheng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Pheng'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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31% funded

31%funded
$238raised
$522to go

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