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Success! Saban from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery for her right eye.

Saban
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Saban's treatment was fully funded on August 19, 2022.

Photo of Saban post-operation

September 6, 2022

Saban underwent cataract surgery for her right eye so she can see again.

Saban and her daughter traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre, where she had a successful operation. She is now resting at home and is on the path to a full recovery. After her eye has fully healed, her vision will improve enough for her to regain her previous independence. She looks forward to visiting with the monks at her her local pagoda, as well as playing with her grandchildren.

Saban’s daughter said, “we are very happy my mother can see well again. She can help me with housework and cooking, and do things for herself she could not do before. She feels more useful to my family, and she is happier. Thank you to the people who donated for her care.”

Saban and her daughter traveled to Children's Surgical Centre, where she had a successful operation. She is now resting at home and is on th...

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May 4, 2022

Saban is a 78-year-old widow and retired rice farmer. She had to stop working when it was too difficult to be outside for her. She has two sons, two daughters, and many grandchildren. After her husband died several years ago, she moved in with her youngest daughter, who is a garment worker, to help cook and care for her grandchildren. In the evenings, after dinner, she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio.

Three years ago, Saban developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, and shared that she cannot see the faces of her family clearly anymore.

When Saban learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 4th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Saban says, “I hope after surgery my eye will be better. I hope to recognize the faces of my family, and take good care of myself and my grandchildren.”

Saban is a 78-year-old widow and retired rice farmer. She had to stop working when it was too difficult to be outside for her. She has two s...

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Saban's Timeline

  • May 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saban 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.

  • May 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saban's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 19, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saban's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saban's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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