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Suon from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Suon
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Suon's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2016.
June 13, 2016

Suon underwent vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Suon had a successfully cataract removal surgery on the left side. For the first time in one year, she can see clearly.

Unfortunately, Suon left the clinic before we could take a photo or conduct an interview. She has yet to return for surgery on the right side, but it will be free whenever she returns.

Suon had a successfully cataract removal surgery on the left side. For the first time in one year, she can see clearly. Unfortunately, S...

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March 3, 2016

Meet Suon, an 84-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Suon developed a cataract in each eye 1 year ago,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “This causes her blurred vision, tearing, itchiness, cloudy lenses, and she is afraid of sunshine.”

Suon is married with two sons, two daughters, and 20 grandchildren. She spends her free time traveling to the pagoda to listen to the monks pray.

Due to her condition, Suon is now unable to see clearly, do any work, or go outside by herself.

Suon’s grandson says he worries about her eyesight. Together they traveled three hours to CSC.

For $225 CSC doctors will remove the cloudy lenses in Suon’s eyes and replace them with clear implants. The surgery will take about an hour and Suon will be able to see within the same day.

“I hope I will be able to see clearly again so I can help my family by looking over my grandchildren, plant vegetables in the garden, and go outside on my own without any help,” says Suon.

Meet Suon, an 84-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Suon developed a cataract in each eye 1 year ago,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Su...

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Suon's Timeline

  • March 3, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Suon was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • March 3, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Suon 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.

  • March 21, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Suon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Suon's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 13, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Suon's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.