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Success! Koem Leng from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

Koem Leng
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Koem Leng's treatment was fully funded on April 8, 2021.

Photo of Koem Leng post-operation

April 2, 2021

Koem Leng underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Koem Leng was able to return home after her successful cataract surgery. Now, she will rest, and use eye drops for several weeks to decrease the chance of infection. Her vision has been restored, and she is hopeful that she can be an independent woman again, and help care for her grandchildren.

Koem Leng told us, “I am happy I can take care of myself and return to the pagoda without problems.”

Koem Leng was able to return home after her successful cataract surgery. Now, she will rest, and use eye drops for several weeks to decrease...

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February 10, 2021

Koem Leng is an 80-year-old vegetable farmer. She has one daughter, four sons and nine grandchildren. Twenty years ago, her husband passed away with lung cancer, so she lives with her youngest son who is a farmer. Due to her age, Koem Leng no longer works in the fields, and instead spends time at home taking care of her grandchildren. She self-describes her health as fair. In her free time, Koem Leng enjoys listening to monks preaching on the radio.

Five years ago, Koem Leng developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, poor night vision, and difficulty eating or drinking. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Koem Leng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On February 10th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Koem Leng shared, “After surgery, I hope my eyes can see clearly. I look forward to going out in the sun and taking care of myself and my grandchildren.”

Koem Leng is an 80-year-old vegetable farmer. She has one daughter, four sons and nine grandchildren. Twenty years ago, her husband passed a...

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Koem Leng's Timeline

  • February 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Koem Leng 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.

  • February 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

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

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

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

  • April 8, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Koem Leng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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