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Sophy is a 49-year-old motor taxi driver from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund cataract surgery so he can continue working.

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October 11, 2021

Sophy is a 49-year-old motor taxi driver. He is married and has one son and one grandchild. Sophy’s wife was a cleaner at a casino, but has unfortunately been out of work since the casino closed due to the pandemic. Their son works as a laborer where he can find work. Sophy does not drive his motor taxi as often anymore because of his poor vision. When he is at home, he enjoys listening to the radio.

Two years ago, Sophy developed a cataract in his right eye causing him blurry vision and tearing. When Sophy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there hoping for treatment. On October 11th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly and can get back to driving his taxi. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sophy shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly again so I can drive well to earn money to support my family.”

Sophy is a 49-year-old motor taxi driver. He is married and has one son and one grandchild. Sophy's wife was a cleaner at a casino, but has ...

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Sophy's Timeline

  • October 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 11, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Sophy 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 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sophy is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sophy'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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