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Success! Sovannary from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she look after her grandchildren.

Sovannary
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sovannary's treatment was fully funded on August 24, 2021.

Photo of Sovannary post-operation

August 26, 2021

Sovannary underwent cataract surgery so she can look after her grandchildren.

Sovannary had a successful cataract surgery! After a short recovery period, she will return home. She will rest for a few days and apply eye drops frequently to aid in her healing. After she is fully recovered, she will be able to see more clearly and return to the life she loves, where she can grow vegetables in her garden, visit the local pagoda, and care for her family.

Sovannary shared, “I am so thrilled I can see easily again. I was surprised how good my vision is now! Thank you to the donors who helped me to have this surgery.”

Sovannary had a successful cataract surgery! After a short recovery period, she will return home. She will rest for a few days and apply eye...

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July 20, 2021

Sovannary is a 62-year-old retired teacher with three sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. She lives with her husband, also a retired teacher, and her youngest daughter, who was born with a disability. Sovannary spends her time tending to her home garden, listening to news on the radio, and traveling to religious ceremonies.

One year ago, Sovannary developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sovannary learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On July 20th, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, Sovannary will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to help fund this procedure.

Sovannary shares why this surgery is important to her, “My children need me to take good care of their children, so I hope that I can see everything clearly after this surgery. I will cook well and watch my grandchildren play so much more easily.”

Sovannary is a 62-year-old retired teacher with three sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. She lives with her husband, also a retir...

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Sovannary's Timeline

  • July 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sovannary 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 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sovannary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sovannary's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sovannary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.