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Success! Seng from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery so she can see clearly again.

Seng
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Seng's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2021.

Photo of Seng post-operation

January 4, 2022

Seng underwent eye surgery so she can see clearly again.

Seng and her daughter traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre and were able to return home the day after surgery. She will rest for several days, avoid rubbing her eye or using any water near her eye for a few more days. After she heals, she can be more independent and is eager to be able to go outside with fear of tripping or falling. She is feeling hopeful and that this surgery will enrich her life because she’ll see her grandchildren’s faces and enjoy them as they grow up.

Seng said: “I am so happy my vision will get better. I was sad to stay in the house and could not walk my grandchildren to school. Thank you for helping to make my life worthwhile again.”

Seng and her daughter traveled to Children's Surgical Centre and were able to return home the day after surgery. She will rest for several d...

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December 14, 2021

Seng is a 75-year-old widow with two sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. They are all rice farmers, but Seng is now retired and stays at home to care for her grandchildren.

Four years ago, Seng developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision with frequent tearing. There are only traditional healers in her village, and she can no longer walk by herself due to poor balance.

When Seng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 14th, doctors will perform small incision 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.

“I like to play with my grandchildren and cannot see their faces now. I hope after my eye is fixed, I can recognize their faces clearly, go outside by myself, and visit the pagoda in my village.”

Seng is a 75-year-old widow with two sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. They are all rice farmers, but Seng is now retired and st...

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Seng's Timeline

  • December 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Seng was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Seng 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.

  • December 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Seng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Seng's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Seng'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 Seng'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.