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Success! Hoeun from Cambodia raised $425 to fund bilateral cataract surgery.

Hoeun
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  • $425 raised, $0 to go
$425
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Hoeun's treatment was fully funded on November 12, 2020.

Photo of Hoeun post-operation

February 2, 2020

Hoeun underwent cataract surgery.

Hoeun’s operation went well and she is now back home with her family in Kandal Province as she awaits her follow-up appointment for her other eye. She is able to see clearly and does not have to worry about her vision loss anymore. Hoeun’s daughter, Chanthou, is so happy that her mother’s surgery was successful.

She said, “I am so glad that I can see everything and everyone clearly again and now, I can return to my work and go anywhere outside easily.”

Hoeun's operation went well and she is now back home with her family in Kandal Province as she awaits her follow-up appointment for her othe...

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January 15, 2020

Hoeun is a 77-year-old fish seller from Cambodia. She has five children, ten grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Six months ago, Hoeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Hoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 15th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure.

“I hope that I will be able to see better and can go outside and recognize things again,” she said.

Hoeun is a 77-year-old fish seller from Cambodia. She has five children, ten grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the ra...

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Hoeun's Timeline

  • January 15, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hoeun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 15, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hoeun received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • January 16, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 2, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 12, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hoeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Hoeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$257
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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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65% funded

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$676raised
$364to go

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