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Heang from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

Heang
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  • $398 raised, $0 to go
$398
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Heang's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2019.

Photo of Heang post-operation

March 7, 2019

Heang underwent cataract surgery.

Heang has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Heang’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of life. She looks forward to being able to go places independently and see her grandchildren’s faces.

She says, “I am very happy that I can see everything clearly now so I can continue my work at the rice farm and I can go anywhere I want independently.”

Heang has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Heang’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of ...

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February 17, 2019

Heang is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has ten grandchildren and enjoys watching Khmer TV shows in her free time.

Three months ago, Heang developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Heang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 18, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure.

She says, “I hope that after my surgery I can see clearly again and continue working on the rice farm.”

Heang is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has ten grandchildren and enjoys watching Khmer TV shows in her free time. Three mo...

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Heang's Timeline

  • February 17, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Heang was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 18, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Heang received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • February 19, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Heang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 07, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Heang. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Heang's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Heang's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.