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Success! Samon from Cambodia raised $229 to fund vision-restoring eye surgery.

Samon
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Samon's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2021.

Photo of Samon post-operation

January 3, 2022

Samon underwent vision-restoring eye surgery.

Samon’s surgery was a success! She returned home with eye drops to continue her healing. She shared that her eye felt a bit dry for the first few days, but her vision gradually improved, and she can see colors again and recognize the faces of her many grandchildren. She is looking forward to an improved life with greater independence, as she can now walk outside and visit her local pagoda for ceremonies.

Samon shared, “I have had no side effects and am happy to see again. The staff put me at ease, and we were grateful to be in good hands. Thank you, I feel like I can be more useful for my family and in my community now.”

Samon's surgery was a success! She returned home with eye drops to continue her healing. She shared that her eye felt a bit dry for the firs...

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October 25, 2021

Samon is a 72-year-old woman with two sons and six grandchildren. Her husband died during the Khmer Rouge time many years ago in Cambodia. Her sons are now farmers themselves.

Three years ago, Samon 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 Samon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 25th, 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.

Samon says, “I want to see well again so I can see my grandchildren’s faces well and visit the pagoda by myself for ceremonies.”

Samon is a 72-year-old woman with two sons and six grandchildren. Her husband died during the Khmer Rouge time many years ago in Cambodia. H...

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Samon's Timeline

  • October 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samon 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.

  • October 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samon's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samon'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 Samon'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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Monicah

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