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

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Ang's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2021.

Photo of Ang post-operation

March 29, 2021

Ang underwent a cataract surgery and can see well again.

Ang had her cataract removed by the surgeons at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) and she has now returned home to her province. She will rest and apply eye drops the doctors gave her several times per day to prevent infection. Ang is so pleased with the results and looks forward to helping her family earn money, and caring for her grandchildren.

Ang’s daughter shared, “Thank you for my mom’s sight. She can go anywhere she wants without our family worrying about her.”

Ang had her cataract removed by the surgeons at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) and she has now returned home to her pr...

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February 3, 2021

Ang is a 68-year-old rice farmer with two daughters and seven grandchildren. She is in good health, though she no longer goes to the rice field because of her age. Ang lives with her husband and one of her daughters, who is a grocery seller. She helps her daughter at home with taking care of her grandchildren. When Ang has spare time, she likes to listen to the monks preaching on the radio.

Two years ago, Ang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and sometimes tearing in her eye. Her condition has worsened significantly in the last three months and now Ang has difficulty seeing things clearly and doing things on her own outside.

When Ang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On February 3rd, doctors will perform a small incision 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.

Ang shared, “I hope after surgery I can see well so I can help my daughter sell groceries, care for my grandchildren, and take care of myself and my husband. Also, I look forward to joining ceremonies at the pagoda again too.”

Ang is a 68-year-old rice farmer with two daughters and seven grandchildren. She is in good health, though she no longer goes to the rice fi...

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Ang's Timeline

  • February 3, 2021

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

  • February 3, 2021

    Ang 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 4, 2021

    Ang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 29, 2021

    Ang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 31, 2021

    Ang's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Ang's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Heng is a 16-year-old student from Cambodia in the 11th grade. His father is a roof builder and his mother stays at home. He has two older sisters who live at home, but have finished school and work outside of the home. In his free time, Heng enjoys reading books, exercising, fishing, and listening to music. At school, he likes math and would like to go into Information Technology. In June 2022, Heng was in a motorcycle collision where he fractured his right shoulder, femur, and hand, as well as both clavicles and several facial bones. His family took him to a local government hospital for surgery, but five months later, he still cannot move his right shoulder, elbow, wrist, or fingers. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Heng has difficulty with daily tasks, feels poorly, and has stopped going to school due to his injury. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Heng receive treatment. He traveled to CSC's care center, the only center in Cambodia where the required treatment is available. On November 14th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he hopes to move his shoulder and use his hand. Now, he needs help raising $709 to fund his procedure and care. Heng's mother shared, "we hope Heng will recover and use his shoulder and arm again after surgery."

36% funded

$451to go

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