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Success! Koem Oeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Koem Oeun
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$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Koem Oeun's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Koem Oeun post-operation

December 29, 2021

Koem Oeun underwent cataract surgery and can see clearly again.

Koem Oeun never thought she would be able to see well again, but as a result of her cataract surgery, she is grateful that she can see clearly once more! After her final review with the medical team, she will return home with eye drops to continue the healing process.

Koem Oeun’s nephew shared, “We’re happy my aunt can be more independent now that she can see better and it is easier for her to walk. Thank you to everyone who helped cure her eyesight.”

Koem Oeun never thought she would be able to see well again, but as a result of her cataract surgery, she is grateful that she can see clear...

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November 11, 2021

Koem Oeun is a 78-year-old widow. Sadly, her husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and she has no children. She lives with her sister and her nephew, who work as farmers. When she not cooking or cleaning, she likes to listen to the monks on the radio.

Four years ago, Koem Oeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Koem Oeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 11th, 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.

Koem Oeun shared, “I hope after surgery my eye stops being blurry and I can see better. I will be able to recognize my family and go outside.”

Koem Oeun is a 78-year-old widow. Sadly, her husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and she has no children. She lives with ...

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Koem Oeun's Timeline

  • November 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Koem Oeun 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.

  • November 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Koem Oeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Koem Oeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Koem Oeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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 Koem Oeun'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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Arnold

Arnold is a 40-year-old married man with three children; aged 15, 10, and 3. He is a truck driver and his wife helps take care of their family and home. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, his work has decreased. Also, his driving license is currently expired which means that he cannot work as a truck driver until he's able to renew the license. Since last year, Arnold has had a chronic cough. He sought medical care and tested negative for Tuberculosis more than four times; he was frequently put on antibiotics. Late last year, he started noticing a protruding swelling on his neck along with his persistent cough. He again sought medical attention from a health center and was referred to the public hospital. At the hospital, they suspected that he had a goiter and was referred to Partners in Hope (PIH) for thyroid tests since the other facility had no reagents for these tests. At PiH, Arnold was diagnosed with goiter. Doctors recommend that he has his thyroid removed in a procedure called thyroidectomy. A goiter is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland; a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. Although goiters are usually painless, a large goiter can cause a cough, irritation and may also cause difficulty in swallowing and breathing. Arnold is afraid that his thyroid might grow bigger if he does not have it removed. It is expected that after surgery, the symptoms will heal and his neck will return to its normal size. Arnold appeals for financial assistance as he is not financially able to pay for the surgery. Arnold says, "My worry is that the goiter might grow bigger. I hope to get treatment before the condition worsens."

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$727raised
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