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Kong is a rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

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September 21, 2021

Kong is a 37-year-old rice farmer. Her husband also works as a rice farmer and, together, they have one daughter and two sons. All three of their children are students. At the end of a long day, Kong likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch movies on TV.

Three years ago, due to her diabetes, Kong developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, difficulty perceiving colors, and photophobia. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Kong learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 21st, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Kong shared, “I hope my eye can see clearly again after surgery. I can help my husband at the rice field and plant vegetables to sell. I want to earn money to support my children’s studies and feed my family.”

Kong is a 37-year-old rice farmer. Her husband also works as a rice farmer and, together, they have one daughter and two sons. All three of ...

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Kong's Timeline

  • September 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 21, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Kong was scheduled to receive 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 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Kong is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Kong's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Kong'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Kyarituha

Kyarituha is a tailor from Uganda. Kyarituha attended school until reaching secondary school class three, but did not finish her education due to financial constraints at home. After leaving, she enrolled at a tailoring practice. Two years ago, Kyarituha stopped working as a tailor and became a homemaker when business stopped being profitable. Kyarituha's husband is a small scale farmer. Together with their 3 children, the family lives in a three-roomed house. Their two older children are in primary school, which requires school fees that the parents find difficult to supply. During her free time, Kyarituha still enjoys being able to repair clothes for her family and friends. Kyarituha is currently expecting her fourth child. She received full antenatal care at our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital. When she came to the hospital on July 19th with minor pain, she was reviewed and a caesarean section was recommended by her doctors due to a previous c-section and unfavorable fetus position. The procedure could save her from uterine rupture which puts her and her baby at risk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is helping Kyarituha undergo a C-Section on July 20th. AMH is requesting support for this $207 procedure that will ensure the safety of both the mother and child. Kyarituha shares her future plans, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will resume tailoring as soon as I gather enough business capital but meanwhile, I plan to start farming to assist my husband in taking care of our family.”

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