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Success! Nhoeng from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly again.

Nhoeng
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Nhoeng's treatment was fully funded on October 4, 2022.

Photo of Nhoeng post-operation

October 16, 2022

Nhoeng underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly again.

For several years, Nhoeng was unable to go outside on her own or help around the house because her vision had deteriorated. After undergoing successful surgery, Nhoeng is happy to report that her vision has already improved! She returned home with her niece to rest and apply eye drops to continue her healing. The cataract surgery will improve her life because she can be more independent and help her family again. Nhoeng also looks forward to visiting her neighbors.

Nhoeng’s niece said, “My aunt was very unhappy when she could not help in the house or visit the pagoda because she could not see to travel alone. I am relieved she can have her life back and do the things she likes to do. Thank you to the kindness of strangers who paid for her treatment.”

For several years, Nhoeng was unable to go outside on her own or help around the house because her vision had deteriorated. After undergoing...

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July 6, 2022

Nhoeng is a 75-year-old retired rice farmer. She currently lives with her niece, since her husband unfortunately passed away. She enjoys spending her time listening to monks pray.

Four years ago, Nhoeng developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience light sensitivity, eye tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own.

When Nhoeng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 6th, 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 $253 procedure.

Nhoeng says, “I hope I will see well again so I can go places on my own and see things.”

Nhoeng is a 75-year-old retired rice farmer. She currently lives with her niece, since her husband unfortunately passed away. She enjoys spe...

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Nhoeng's Timeline

  • July 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 6, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nhoeng 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.

  • July 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nhoeng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 4, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nhoeng's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 16, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nhoeng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Nhoeng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.