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Success! Eng from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract removal surgery.

Eng
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$292
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Fully funded
Eng's treatment was fully funded on May 8, 2017.

Photo of Eng post-operation

April 10, 2017

Eng underwent cataract removal surgery.

Eng’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection.

Eng says, “I feel very happy. I can easily do any kind of work and go anywhere outside well again by myself without needing to disturb others.”

Eng's eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given ey...

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March 20, 2017

Meet Eng, a 76-year-old mother to three daughters and grandmother to four grandchildren. She likes to garden and plant flowers in her spare time.

Two years ago, Eng developed a cataract in both eyes. It is difficult for Eng to see things clearly, do work, or go anywhere on her own. Eng is worried about going blind in the future.

Eng traveled for two hours with her daughter to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, for treatment. On March 20, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation to remove Eng’s cataracts.

With $292, we can help Eng to see clearly again!

Meet Eng, a 76-year-old mother to three daughters and grandmother to four grandchildren. She likes to garden and plant flowers in her spare ...

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Eng's Timeline

  • March 20, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Eng was submitted by Anne McMurrey, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Eng received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • March 21, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Eng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 08, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Eng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Eng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Bariki

Bariki is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. As a baby he was diagnosed with meningitis, a bacterial infection of the thin covering protecting the brain and spinal cord. The infection was causing a bacterial brain abscess and hydrocephalus. He was prescribed antibiotics to treat the infection and received a shunt insertion to drain the fluid from his brain. However, he continued having breathing problems, and was diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which were immediately removed. A month after returning home, Bariki's fevers returned. Doctors believed it was a shunt failure and infection. The shunt was replaced, and he was given another round of medication. All seemed well for a few months, but now, the shunt isn't draining enough fluid and the infection symptoms are back. Bariki’s father is an iron fabricator and welder, and his mother left her job to care for Bariki. His parents have spent all of their savings and sold most of their belongings to pay for Bariki's previous surgeries. They can't afford the medical bills necessary to treat their son. Bariki's mother was advised to seek help from Watsi from a neighbor whose child had received treatment before. On June 27, Bariki will receive hydrocephalus treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $728 to fund the surgery. “Please help my son get better," said Bariki's mother. "We have been from hospital to hospital, and sold most of what we owned, but we no longer have any way to pay for Bariki’s surgery.”

68% funded

68%funded
$500raised
$228to go