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Success! Eng from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract eye 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 January 17, 2021.

Photo of Eng post-operation

September 24, 2020

Eng underwent sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Our medical partner shared that Eng’s surgery went well! Now she can see clearly and recognize the faces of her friends and family again.

Eng said, “Thank you to the doctors and medical team for helping me. Now I can see better, go outside, and recognize faces of my family. I hope to join ceremonies at the pagoda when they re-open after COVID-19.”

Our medical partner shared that Eng's surgery went well! Now she can see clearly and recognize the faces of her friends and family again. ...

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August 3, 2020

Eng is a 67-year-old retired corn farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters, one son, and twelve grandchildren. She and her husband are retired, but her son now works on the farm. She spends her time doing housework, taking care of her grandchildren, and visiting the local pagoda. In her free time she relaxes and listens to the radio.

Five years ago, Eng developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. These symptoms have worsened day-by-day, and now she has difficult going anywhere by herself. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Eng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours by taxi seeking treatment. On August 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and 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.

Eng shared, “I hope that my eyesight problem can be over, so that I can see my grandchildren well again, and go to the ceremonies at the pagoda by myself/”

Eng is a 67-year-old retired corn farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters, one son, and twelve grandchildren. She and her husband are ...

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Eng's Timeline

  • August 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 3, 2020
    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.

  • August 4, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 24, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Eng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Eng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.