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

Eng
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Eng's treatment was fully funded on April 13, 2022.

Photo of Eng post-operation

April 20, 2022

Eng underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Eng’s surgery was a success! She has returned home to her province to rest and will apply eye drops to continue her healing. Now that her vision has improved, Eng shared that she is looking forward to getting back to the things she loves most: taking care of her family and helping sell vegetables at the local market to support the family’s income.

Eng’s daughter said, “My mother was very unhappy when she could not visit the pagoda or cook for the family because she could not see. I am relieved she can have her life back and do the things she likes to do. Thank you to the kindness of everybody who paid for her surgery.”

Eng's surgery was a success! She has returned home to her province to rest and will apply eye drops to continue her healing. Now that her vi...

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January 18, 2022

Eng is a retired rice farmer and has one daughter and three grandchildren. She lives with her husband and daughter, who both farm rice and vegetables to sell at their local market. Because of her age and her worsening vision, Eng now stays home and takes care of her grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Last year Eng developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, she is unable to go places on her own.

When Eng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled across the country for five and half hours seeking treatment. On January 18th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Eng shared, “After surgery, I hope my eye can see clearly, and I can be useful to our family. I want to do more again and visit with my neighbors.”

Eng is a retired rice farmer and has one daughter and three grandchildren. She lives with her husband and daughter, who both farm rice and v...

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Eng's Timeline

  • January 18, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 18, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Eng 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.

  • January 19, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 13, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Eng's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 20, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Eng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Eng'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.