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Success! Chomrong from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery and get back to working.

Chomrong
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chomrong's treatment was fully funded on September 5, 2021.

Photo of Chomrong post-operation

September 21, 2021

Chomrong underwent cataract surgery so he can get back to work.

Chomrong traveled for many hours across difficult roads to reach our medical partner’s care center for his cataract surgery. His vision had been declining for several years and had prevented him from working. After this surgery, Chomrong’s vision improved significantly! He is able to see much better, can recognize faces, and will become more independent. He will be able to drive again and earn money to feed and support his family.

Chomrong’s wife said, “We are grateful to all who supported Chomrong’s surgery so that he can return to work. I don’t have to worry anymore that he cannot see well. He is much happier and it is a relief for our family.”

Chomrong traveled for many hours across difficult roads to reach our medical partner's care center for his cataract surgery. His vision had...

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August 19, 2021

Chomrong is a 48-year-old tractor driver who is married with one son and three daughters. Two of his daughters are married and his other two children are students. Unfortunately, Chomrong is unable to work right now because of his poor vision. At home, he enjoys listening to news on the radio.

Three years ago, Chomrong developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him sensitivity to light and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Chomrong learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled across the country for eight hours seeking treatment. On August 19th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Chomrong shared, “I hope my eye can see clearly like before. Then I can work full time again to support my life and my children’s schooling.”

Chomrong is a 48-year-old tractor driver who is married with one son and three daughters. Two of his daughters are married and his other two...

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Chomrong's Timeline

  • August 19, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 19, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chomrong 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 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chomrong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chomrong's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chomrong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Chomrong'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.