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Success! Hong from Cambodia raised $150 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

  • $150 raised, $0 to go
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Hong's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2016.

Photo of Hong post-operation

May 5, 2016

Hong received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

“I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again,” shares Hong. “So now I can go to the pagoda to listen to the monks praying and I can go anywhere outside.”

The cataract in Hong’s right eye was successfully removed and replaced with a clear, artificial implant. He and his family are very grateful for all the Watsi donors and staff at Children’s Surgical Centre who made this possible.

94-year-old Hong is not only healthier, but has regained much of his independence and can return to the things he enjoys.

"I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again," shares Hong. "So now I can go to the pagoda to listen to the monks praying and ...

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February 29, 2016

Meet Hong, a 94-year-old man from Cambodia. “Hong is married with four sons, three daughters, and 10 grandkids. Hong enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to the monks pray,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Three months ago, Hong developed a mature cataract in his right eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. “This causes him blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for him to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside,” CSC explains.

After learning about CSC, Hong and his daughter traveled together to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Hong’s sight.

With $150, Hong will undergo cataract surgery, during which his old lens will be removed and replaced with a sheer artificial implant, allowing him to see again immediately after his operation.

Meet Hong, a 94-year-old man from Cambodia. “Hong is married with four sons, three daughters, and 10 grandkids. Hong enjoys visiting the pag...

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Hong's Timeline

  • February 29, 2016

    Hong was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 29, 2016

    Hong 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.

  • March 18, 2016

    Hong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2016

    Hong's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 5, 2016

    Hong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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Myo Htay is a 22-year-old who lives with his parents and younger brother in the border region of Burma. His parents work as day laborers at a gold mine, carrying dirt and debris. Myo used to work with his parents but stopped last November when his health deteriorated. Because the gold mine closes during the rainy season, his parents only have work for six months out of the year. The rest of the time they try to live off of their savings. Around six months ago, Myo started to feel tired when he worked. At first he thought he was tired from working too hard. When he continued to feel tired for over a month, he thought that he needed to see a doctor. However, because of their limited funds, he did not want his parents to spend what they had on a trip to a clinic or a hospital. Around the middle of April, his condition worsened. He had difficulty breathing, experienced chest pain, and also heart palpitations. His parents brought him to a nearby hospital where he was diagnosed with a heart disease. The doctor told them to bring him to Yangon for further treatment. After Myo's parents borrowed money, they went to Yangon and took him to two different hospitals. At the last hospital, Myo was admitted for five days as he was unwell at that time. He received a follow-up appointment for two weeks later, but was brought back on April 30th when he developed rapid breathing, heart palpitations, chest pain and oedema (swelling) in both his legs. Myo was readmitted to the hospital, and the doctor told Myo's parents that his surgery would cost 20,000,000 kyat (approx. $11,000 USD). When they told the doctor that they cannot afford to pay for his surgery, a nurse gave them the phone number of an abbot in Yangon. After they called the abbot and told him what the doctor had said, the abbot referred Myo to our medical parter Burma Children Medical Fund for the assistance accessing the cardiac treatment he needs. Currently, Myo is on oxygen. If he does not receive oxygen, he has difficulty breathing as well as heart palpitations. He cannot walk for more than three minutes and if he does, he feels extremely tired. His whole family is worried about his condition. Fortunately, Myo's surgery has been scheduled for May 8th. He will have both valves of his heart replaced. His family needs $1,500 to help with the total cost of his surgery and care. Myo’s mother said, “I would give up everything to save my son’s life. I would sleep on the ground if we had no home to live in. I only wish to see my son getting better.”

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