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Success! Savoeun from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery in his left eye.

Savoeun
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$253
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$0
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Fully funded
Savoeun's treatment was fully funded on November 26, 2022.

Photo of Savoeun post-operation

December 1, 2022

Savoeun underwent cataract surgery in his left eye.

Savoeun knew of CSC from a neighbor, so he had the confidence that he would be well taken care of - good eyesight was essential in his job. After surgery, he stayed in the hospital overnight, then he was able to return home. He rested at home and applied eye drops eight times a day to reduce the chance of infection. Savoeun looks forward to returning to work in Phnom Penh as a tuk-tuk driver. He feels more useful to his family now that he can be the primary breadwinner again.

Savoeun’s wife said: “I am glad Savoeun took the advice of our neighbor to come here. He can see much better to drive and read maps, this will support our children and grandchildren. Thank you for your help.”

Savoeun knew of CSC from a neighbor, so he had the confidence that he would be well taken care of - good eyesight was essential in his job....

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June 7, 2022

Savoeun is a 58-year-old Tuk Tuk driver. He has two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. Savoeun lives with his wife who is a traditional Khmer cake baker. Savoeun shared with us that in his free time, he likes to listen to the news on his phone.

One year ago, Savoeun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. This affects his ability to do his job as a driver.

When Savoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for six and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 7th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Savoeun says, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly again so I can drive my Tuk Tuk again and earn more money to support my family.”

Savoeun is a 58-year-old Tuk Tuk driver. He has two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. Savoeun lives with his wife who is a tradi...

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Savoeun's Timeline

  • June 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 7, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Savoeun 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.

  • June 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 26, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Savoeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Savoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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