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Success! Sarom from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery.

Sarom
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sarom's treatment was fully funded on January 6, 2023.
October 3, 2022

Sarom is a 77-year-old Buddhist nun living in Cambodia. She has two daughters, five sons, and 13 grandchildren. She lives alone in the pagoda, as her husband passed away many years ago. She enjoys reading religious texts, meditating, and mentoring the younger nuns.

Two years ago, Sarom developed a cataract in her right eye. Because of the tearing and blurry vision caused by the cataract, she can no longer read her beloved texts, the activity that used to fill her days in the pagoda. And, because she cannot see clearly, she is reluctant to go out on her own.

After learning about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, Sarom made the trip to see their doctors, in order to be evaluated. As a result of her visit, she is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery - and the implantation of an intraocular lens - on October 3rd, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. After she has recovered from the surgery, Sarom should be able to return to her reading, which is so important to her. Now, she needs your help to fund this $253 procedure.

Sarom said: “I hope after surgery my eye can see better and I can travel to visit my family.”

Sarom is a 77-year-old Buddhist nun living in Cambodia. She has two daughters, five sons, and 13 grandchildren. She lives alone in the pago...

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Sarom's Timeline

  • October 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 3, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Sarom was scheduled to receive 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.

  • October 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sarom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 6, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sarom's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Sarom's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Sarom'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.