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Success! Hong from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract surgery.

Hong
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Hong's treatment was fully funded on February 15, 2019.

Photo of Hong post-operation

January 22, 2019

Hong underwent cataract surgery.

Hong has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. His visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve his quality of life. He looks forward to being able to go places independently without any pain and see his grandchildren’s faces.

He says, “I feel very happy that I can see everything more clearly than before. Now, I can help my family with work at home like cleaning, and I can easy walking go to anywhere outside by myself.”

Hong has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. His visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve his quality of life....

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January 6, 2019

Hong is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks praying on the radio.

Two weeks ago, Hong developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and irritation. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Hong learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On January 7, doctors will perform an intra-capsular cataract extraction and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure.

He says, “I hope I can spend time at the local pagoda and spend time with my grandchildren.”

Hong is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks praying on the rad...

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Hong's Timeline

  • January 6, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hong was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 07, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hong 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.

  • January 07, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 22, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 15, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hong's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Hong's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$125
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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$1,293raised
$207to go

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