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Success! Heang from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Heang
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Heang's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2016.

Photo of Heang post-operation

May 2, 2016

Heang underwent vision-restoring cataract surgery.

“Heang had her cataracts removed and she can see everything clearly now,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Now that Heang has had cataract surgery, she can work and look after her grandchildren. She looks forward to going outside on her own without discomfort.

"Heang had her cataracts removed and she can see everything clearly now," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). N...

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February 29, 2016

Heang, a 57-year-old woman from Cambodia, is married with two sons, three daughters, and one grandchild. She spends her time doing housework and visiting the pagoda to hear the monks pray.

“Heang developed a cataract in each eye one year ago,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “This causes her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, cloudy lenses, and she is afraid of sunshine.”

Though minimally invasive, cataract surgery has a high impact on a patient’s quality of life. $225 will fund an hour-long surgery in which CSC doctors will remove the cloudy lenses from Heang’s eyes and replace them with synthetic clear ones. Within the day, Heang will be able to see clearly again.

“I hope I will be able to see more clearly,” says Heang. “I will be able to do work and go outside and move around by myself.”

Heang, a 57-year-old woman from Cambodia, is married with two sons, three daughters, and one grandchild. She spends her time doing housework...

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Heang's Timeline

  • February 29, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Heang was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 29, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Heang 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.

  • March 18, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Heang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Heang's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 2, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Heang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.