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Success! Ny from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Ny
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ny's treatment was fully funded on October 9, 2021.

Photo of Ny post-operation

October 14, 2021

Ny underwent cataract surgery and is relieved to be able to see clearly.

Ny had successful surgery to improve her vision and has now returned home. After her eye heals, Ny’s vision will improve and she will be able to return to caring for her many grandchildren. Her greatest joy is seeing their faces every morning.

Ny’s daughter said: “I am happy my mother will be able to see well again. She can take care of herself, and help me cook and take care of the children. Thank you for supporting her to have this surgery.”

Ny had successful surgery to improve her vision and has now returned home. After her eye heals, Ny's vision will improve and she will be ab...

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September 10, 2021

Ny is a 62-year-old grandmother with two sons, one daughter, and many grandchildren. She is now divorced from her husband and lives with her oldest daughter who works as a cleaner in a restaurant. Most of the time, she stays home and helps her daughter take care of the grandchildren. When not caring for her grandchildren, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Ny developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and sensitivity to light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ny learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for an hour seeking treatment. On September 10th, doctors will perform a 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.

Ny shared, “I hope I can see clearly and well again, and that I can see my grandchildren’s faces again. I hope to help my daughter cook and go to the pagoda by myself.”

Ny is a 62-year-old grandmother with two sons, one daughter, and many grandchildren. She is now divorced from her husband and lives with her...

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Ny's Timeline

  • September 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ny 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.

  • September 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ny's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ny's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Ny'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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