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

Chheng
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Chheng's treatment was fully funded on February 26, 2021.

Photo of Chheng post-operation

February 28, 2021

Chheng underwent a cataract surgery.

Chheng’s eye surgery was quick and successful. She has returned to her province and has regained clear sight in her eye. Her family is so happy to see that she can see clearly again, and can walk places by herself and be more independent now.

Both Chheng and her family are looking forward to her life and health improving now that she has her vision restored.

Chheng's eye surgery was quick and successful. She has returned to her province and has regained clear sight in her eye. Her family is so ha...

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December 1, 2020

Chheng is a 70-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, and currently lives with her sister since her husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime. Chheng does not work on the rice farm as much anymore because of her age and poor vision. In her free time, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Three years ago, Chheng developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, itching, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Chheng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for eight hours with her sister seeking treatment. On December 1st, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Chheng shared, “Now that I am toward the end of my life, I just want to see this beautiful world again.”

Chheng is a 70-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, and currently lives with her sister since her husband died during the K...

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Chheng's Timeline

  • December 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chheng was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 1, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chheng 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.

  • December 3, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chheng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 26, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chheng's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 28, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chheng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Chheng'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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Phanith is a 31-year-old photography assistant from Cambodia. He currently lives with his father and his three siblings, and he is the second child in his family. His mother passed away ten years ago. Phanith has been unable to work since his injury. On November 3rd, 2020, Phanith was in a motor vehicle accident that caused injury and paralysis of his right arm. He was taken to a provincial hospital, then transferred due to the seriousness of his injuries. Phanith was released after a month but is still unable to move his right shoulder or lift his arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. As a result, Phanith is unable to lift his hand or flex his elbow, and has no movement in his fingers. Although his arm has no movement, he has paresthesia (burning or prickly sensations) of the hand and forearm, which are often quite painful. Phanith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 4th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use this hand again and be physically able to find work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Phanith shared, "I hope after surgery, my right shoulder will return to full function as soon as possible."

72% funded

72%funded
$502raised
$194to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Phanith

Phanith is a 31-year-old photography assistant from Cambodia. He currently lives with his father and his three siblings, and he is the second child in his family. His mother passed away ten years ago. Phanith has been unable to work since his injury. On November 3rd, 2020, Phanith was in a motor vehicle accident that caused injury and paralysis of his right arm. He was taken to a provincial hospital, then transferred due to the seriousness of his injuries. Phanith was released after a month but is still unable to move his right shoulder or lift his arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. As a result, Phanith is unable to lift his hand or flex his elbow, and has no movement in his fingers. Although his arm has no movement, he has paresthesia (burning or prickly sensations) of the hand and forearm, which are often quite painful. Phanith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 4th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use this hand again and be physically able to find work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Phanith shared, "I hope after surgery, my right shoulder will return to full function as soon as possible."

72% funded

72%funded
$502raised
$194to go