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

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Leng's treatment was fully funded on January 23, 2021.

Photo of Leng post-operation

October 14, 2020

Leng underwent cataract surgery.

Leng’s procedure was successful. She has been discharged with medicated eye-drops and a one-week follow-up appointment has been schedule for an eye exam. Once she has fully recovered, she will have improved vision and will no longer experience issues like tearing or irritation.

Leng said, “Thanks to this surgery I can walk easily by myself and take care of my own chores. I hope I can help my daughter with her house work now.”

Leng's procedure was successful. She has been discharged with medicated eye-drops and a one-week follow-up appointment has been schedule for...

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August 7, 2020

Leng is an 84-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and twenty grandchildren. She lives with one of her daughters since her husband passed away six years ago. Her daughter’s family works on their farm. Leng enjoys cooking traditional Khmer foods for her family, and going with her grandchildren to a local pagoda.

Nine years ago, Leng developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Leng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On August 7th, 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.

Leng said, “I hope after my eye surgery I can show my family that I am strong and I can walk everywhere myself, and I hope that I can still cook well and make some delicious foods for my grandchildren.”

Leng is an 84-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and twenty grandchildren. She lives with one of h...

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Leng's Timeline

  • August 7, 2020

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

  • August 7, 2020

    Leng 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.

  • August 8, 2020

    Leng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2020

    Leng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 23, 2021

    Leng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Leng'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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11% funded

$193to go

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