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

Yoeung
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yoeung's treatment was fully funded on July 1, 2021.

Photo of Yoeung post-operation

July 1, 2021

Yoeung underwent a cataract surgery so he can return to work.

Yoeung is eager to return to his job as a construction worker now that he had cataract surgery. The cataract was keeping him from working. He is thankful for the success of the operation because he can see well and better support his family.

His wife shares, “We are grateful to the people who supported Yoeung’s surgery so that he can return to work. I don’t have to worry anymore that he cannot see well.”

Yoeung is eager to return to his job as a construction worker now that he had cataract surgery. The cataract was keeping him from working. H...

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May 19, 2021

Yoeung is a 41-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has one son and two daughters. All of his children are in school. In his spare time, Yoeung likes to play on his phone and watch the news on TV.

Three years ago, Yoeung developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, blurry vision, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. The condition affects Yoeung’s ability to work safely at his job.

When Yoeung learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours with his wife seeking treatment. On May 19th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, Yoeung needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Yoeung shared, “I hope that after my vision improves I can find more jobs to support my family.”

Yoeung is a 41-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has one son and two daughters. All of his children are in schoo...

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Yoeung's Timeline

  • May 19, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 19, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yoeung 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.

  • May 20, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yoeung's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yoeung's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yoeung'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 Yoeung'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.