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Success! Neng from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Neng
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Neng's treatment was fully funded on January 5, 2022.

Photo of Neng post-operation

January 24, 2022

Neng underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Walking was difficult for Neng before her surgery. She could only see movements and was not able to work. After a successful surgery, her vision greatly improved within a few days. She will now be able to return to work to help her daughter and grandchildren.

Neng said that “before my operation, it was difficult for me, I could not go anywhere, and had no work. I am pleased with the results and happy to help my daughter again. Thank you to the donors who helped people like me have surgery.”

Walking was difficult for Neng before her surgery. She could only see movements and was not able to work. After a successful surgery, her v...

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November 22, 2021

Neng is a 62-year-old waste collector. She is now divorced and has one son, one daughter, and many grandchildren. She lives with her daughter, who also works as a waste collector. Currently, Neng stays home and looks after her grandchildren due to her vision. She enjoys visiting the local pagoda and listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time.

Five years ago, Neng developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Neng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 22nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund Neng’s procedure.

Neng shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly again. I want to help my daughter do housework and look after my grandchildren better than before.”

Neng is a 62-year-old waste collector. She is now divorced and has one son, one daughter, and many grandchildren. She lives with her daughte...

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Neng's Timeline

  • November 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Neng 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.

  • November 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Neng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 5, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Neng's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 24, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Neng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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