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Success! Nang from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Nang
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Nang's treatment was fully funded on May 9, 2021.

Photo of Nang post-operation

April 2, 2021

Nang underwent a vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Nang had successful cataract surgery and is so pleased with the results. She returned to her province with her family, and used eye drops for a week to aid in her healing. She is ecstatic that she can now see clearly again. Now, Nang is able to go outside and no longer has to rely on family to help her.

Nang’s mother shared, “We feel happy that my daughter can see better. She can return to work to earn money to support our family and be independent again.”

Nang had successful cataract surgery and is so pleased with the results. She returned to her province with her family, and used eye drops fo...

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February 16, 2021

Nang is a 35-year-old garment worker from Cambodia. She is single and has six siblings. Currently, Nang lives with her elderly parents. She enjoys listening to music and the news on the radio.

One year ago, Nang developed a cataract in her right eye. As a result, she is not able to see anything, work, eat or carry out any of her daily life activities independently. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Nang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her mother hoping for treatment. On February 16th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, Nang needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Nang shared, “I hope after surgery that I can see much better than before. I miss going to work, going outside by myself, and taking care of my parents, who cannot live by themselves any longer and need my support.”

Nang is a 35-year-old garment worker from Cambodia. She is single and has six siblings. Currently, Nang lives with her elderly parents. She ...

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Nang's Timeline

  • February 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nang 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 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nang's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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