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Success! Kech Heang from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a cataract surgery.

Kech Heang
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kech Heang's treatment was fully funded on February 21, 2021.

Photo of Kech Heang post-operation

February 22, 2021

Kech Heang underwent a cataract surgery.

Surgeons at our medical partner CSC were able to remove the cataract in Kech Heang’s eye. She had blurry vision for over a year. After a post-operative course of eye drops to reduce inflammation and aid in healing, she is already able to see so much better. Her family is very grateful that she is more independent with better vision.

“I can see better, go outside, and take care myself. I’m so happy. I can read books and do more of what I like now that I can see.”

Surgeons at our medical partner CSC were able to remove the cataract in Kech Heang's eye. She had blurry vision for over a year. After a po...

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November 18, 2020

Kech Heang is a 72-year-old retired school teacher from Cambodia. She lives with her son as her husband passed away 13 years ago. Now that Kech Heang is retired, she spends her time at home with her family. She enjoys watching Thai dramas on TV.

One year ago, Kech Heang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside on her own.

When Kech Heang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour by tuk tuk with her nephew seeking treatment. On November 17th, doctors will perform a 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.

Kech Heang shared, “At this age, vision is the only asset I preciously need.”

Kech Heang is a 72-year-old retired school teacher from Cambodia. She lives with her son as her husband passed away 13 years ago. Now that K...

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Kech Heang's Timeline

  • November 17, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kech Heang 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.

  • November 18, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kech Heang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kech Heang's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kech Heang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Kech Heang'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.