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Success! Ngoun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so he can see clearly.

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Ngoun's treatment was fully funded on September 24, 2021.

Photo of Ngoun post-operation

July 14, 2021

Ngoun underwent cataract surgery so he can see clearly.

Ngoun was so happy to finally have his surgery. His vision has improved, his symptoms have disappeared, and he is able to recognize the faces of his children and grandchildren again. Ngoun looks forward to visiting the community pagoda and helping his wife around the house.

His wife expresses, “We are happy that Ngoun can see better now. He can be more independent and take care of himself. He told me he looks forward to watching the news on TV and driving his motorcycle.”

Ngoun was so happy to finally have his surgery. His vision has improved, his symptoms have disappeared, and he is able to recognize the face...

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June 3, 2021

Ngoun is an 81-year-old retired driver with one son, four daughters, and 11 grandchildren. Ngoun and his wife live with their son. He enjoys listening to the news on TV and to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Ngoun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him pain, blurry vision, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ngoun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for an hour with his son seeking treatment. On June 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Ngoun shared, “I hope after my surgery my eye can see better so I can go outside on my own to join ceremonies at the pagoda and also help my wife with our housework.”

Ngoun is an 81-year-old retired driver with one son, four daughters, and 11 grandchildren. Ngoun and his wife live with their son. He enjoys...

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Ngoun's Timeline

  • June 3, 2021

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

  • June 3, 2021

    Ngoun 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.

  • June 3, 2021

    Ngoun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2021

    Ngoun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 24, 2021

    Ngoun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Ngoun's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Saw Wah

Saw Wah is a 14-year-old student who lives with his parents and five younger brothers. He is in grade six, but his youngest brother is too young to enroll in school and his four other brothers stopped going to school earlier this year. It has been a challenging time in their region and Saw Wah shared: “They do not want to attend school because fighting happens very often in this area. We have to run and hide in the jungle where we study and they do not like to study in the jungle." Saw Wah’s family raises chickens and two goats to help feed their family. They also go fishing and foraging for vegetables in the jungle. His father works as a day laborer when there is no work on the farm, and even though Saw Wah's family does not have a regular income, they have enough food and receive free basic healthcare at a clinic near their village. A few years ago, Saw Wah developed a runny nose with yellowish nasal discharge. At first, he thought this was normal and would go away on its own, but towards the end of April, Saw Wah's nose became entirely blocked. He could no longer breath through it and lost all sense of smell. He finally told his parents about his symptoms, and his father took him to the free clinic where the medic checked his nostrils and found a mass blocking the nasal passage in both of his nostrils. Saw Wah was told he would need to go to a larger hospital for further investigation. Doctors want Saw Wah to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $693 to cover the cost of Saw Wah's CT scan and care, scheduled for June 27th. Saw Wah said, “I cannot breathe well especially at night... I want to receive surgery soon so that I will be able to breath normally again.”

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