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

Sreng
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sreng's treatment was fully funded on April 24, 2021.

Photo of Sreng post-operation

March 29, 2021

Sreng underwent a cataract surgery.

Sreng had a successful cataract surgery, and as a result she will no longer have vision problems and will be able to return to again to her normal life. She’s returned back to her province and already experiences less discomfort. She looks forward to a more independent life with better vision now.

Sreng shared, “I feel very happy that I can see well from my eye. I can do housework, plant rice crops, and go anywhere by myself well. Thank you to strangers who helped my eye get fixed at Children’s Surgical Centre.”

Sreng had a successful cataract surgery, and as a result she will no longer have vision problems and will be able to return to again to her ...

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February 1, 2021

Sreng is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six siblings, and currently lives with her niece who is also a farmer. At the end of harvest season, Sreng helps her niece plant vegetables to sell to support her family. She enjoys the end of her day by listening to the radio and visiting the neighborhood pagoda to listen to the monks chanting.

One year ago, Sreng developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her sensitivity to light and glare, poor night vision, and difficulty carrying out her normal activities. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sreng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her niece seeking treatment. On February 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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.

Sreng shared, “I hope after surgery I can see again, help my niece to look after the grandchildren, and visit the pagoda to hear the monks.”

Sreng is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six siblings, and currently lives with her niece who is also a farmer. At the end ...

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Sreng's Timeline

  • February 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sreng 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.

  • February 2, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sreng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sreng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sreng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

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Funded by 2 donors

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