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

Heang
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Heang's treatment was fully funded on November 15, 2020.

Photo of Heang post-operation

March 11, 2020

Heang underwent cataract surgery.

Heang had a very smooth and successful operation. Surgery has improved Heang’s visual acuity, and she can now see the faces of her many children and grandchildren. Doctors gave Heang eye drops, which she will apply at home 8 times daily. Her grandson is very happy for his grandmother, and is glad that she can see clearly again and he won’t have to worry anymore about her vision loss.

“I am so happy that my eyes can see everything and everyone clearly again, much better than before. I can now help my children around the house, help look after the grandchildren, and go anywhere I want to more easily than before,” Heang shared.

Heang had a very smooth and successful operation. Surgery has improved Heang’s visual acuity, and she can now see the faces of her many chil...

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February 3, 2020

Heang is a 76-year-old mother of six from Cambodia. She is a rice farmer and has one son, five daughters, and twelve grandchildren. When she has free time, she enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Heang developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Heang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 4th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

“I hope that I will be able to help my family care for my grandchildren and be able to go outside and visit the pagoda,” said Heang.

Heang is a 76-year-old mother of six from Cambodia. She is a rice farmer and has one son, five daughters, and twelve grandchildren. When she...

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Heang's Timeline

  • February 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Heang was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 4, 2020
    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.

  • February 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Heang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Heang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 15, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Heang's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.