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Success! Ngov from Cambodia raised $292 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

  • $292 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Ngov's treatment was fully funded on October 26, 2016.

Photo of Ngov post-operation

November 9, 2016

Ngov can see clearly again.

Doctors at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), removed the cataract from Ngov’s left eye. Clear vision has been restored. As he recovers, Ngov will use eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection.

Ngov returned home after surgery, and he has not returned for the same treatment in his right eye. Returning to the clinic can be difficult for patients, as it requires them to take time off work and travel with a family escort. Now that vision has been restored to one eye, however, the second surgery is less urgent than the first. Treatment will be free whenever Ngov returns.

“I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again,” says Ngov. “I can do any work at home, and I can go places without needing to bother others to take care of me.”

Ngov’s wife, who accompanied him to surgery, adds, “I am very happy that my husband can now do any work easily and go anywhere outside without making me worry about his vision loss. I am thankful to all staff at CSC that helped on his eye surgery.”

Doctors at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), removed the cataract from Ngov's left eye. Clear vision has been restored....

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August 22, 2016

Meet Ngov, a 79-year-old man from Cambodia. “Ngov is married with two sons, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Three years ago, Ngov developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. “This causes him blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for him to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside,” CSC explains.

After learning about CSC, Ngov and his wife traveled two hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Ngov’s sight.

With $292, Ngov will undergo cataract surgery, during which his old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing him to see again immediately after his operation.

Meet Ngov, a 79-year-old man from Cambodia. “Ngov is married with two sons, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pa...

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Ngov's Timeline

  • August 22, 2016

    Ngov was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 22, 2016

    Ngov 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 20, 2016

    Ngov's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 26, 2016

    Ngov's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 9, 2016

    Ngov's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Ngov'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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