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Success! Norng from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve his vision.

Norng
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Norng's treatment was fully funded on April 2, 2022.

Photo of Norng post-operation

April 13, 2022

Norng underwent cataract surgery to improve his vision.

Norng’s surgery was a success! After two years of difficulty with his vision and being unable to help his family in their work, Norng’s restored vision will allow him to assist his family and live more independently. He has been discharged home in good health and will apply eye drops to continue his healing. Norng shared that he also looks forward to visiting his local pagoda with his friends and neighbors again.

Norng’s wife said, “My husband is so much happier after his surgery. He can see better and go outside by himself again. Thank you for making his surgery possible.”

Norng's surgery was a success! After two years of difficulty with his vision and being unable to help his family in their work, Norng's rest...

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February 3, 2022

Norng is a retired rice farmer with one daughter, four sons, and 11 grandchildren. Norng lives with his wife and their youngest son who is also a farmer. In his free time, Norng enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Norng developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he is not able to go places on his own.

When Norng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 3rd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery 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 $229 procedure.

Norng shared, “I hope after surgery I can see clearly. I would like to travel on my own to join ceremonies at the pagoda.”

Norng is a retired rice farmer with one daughter, four sons, and 11 grandchildren. Norng lives with his wife and their youngest son who is a...

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Norng's Timeline

  • February 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Norng 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.

  • February 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Norng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Norng's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Norng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Norng'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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45% funded

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$688raised
$812to go

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