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Success! Seang from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Seang
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Seang's treatment was fully funded on March 27, 2021.

Photo of Seang post-operation

March 30, 2021

Seang underwent a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Seang had a successful cataract surgery and has now returned to her province. She was instructed to use eye drops for the next few weeks and not get any water near her affected eye. Seang is already feeling much better and her vision has improved. She looks forward to being more independent in her life and not have to rely on family members.

Seang’s daughter shared, “I am very happy Children’s Surgical Centre could fix my mother’s vision. Thank you to all donors who helped my mother.”

Seang had a successful cataract surgery and has now returned to her province. She was instructed to use eye drops for the next few weeks and...

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February 7, 2021

Seang is a 74-year-old mother of four from Cambodia. She is a vegetable farmer who has four daughters and twelve grandchildren. Her husband passed away many years ago. Seang lives with one of her daughters, who is also a farmer. She no longer goes to the fields, and instead spends her time at home watching her grandchildren. When Seang has time, she likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio and going to the pagoda on holy days. She self-describes her health as fair and hopes to feel better when she can see well.

Two years ago, Seang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and poor night vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Seang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On February 8th, 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.

Seang shared, “I hope after surgery I can see clearly, I can go to the pagoda by myself, and that I can take care myself and my grandchildren.”

Seang is a 74-year-old mother of four from Cambodia. She is a vegetable farmer who has four daughters and twelve grandchildren. Her husband ...

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Seang's Timeline

  • February 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Seang was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Seang 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 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Seang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Seang's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 30, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Seang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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