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Success! Saron from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Saron
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Saron's treatment was fully funded on December 15, 2021.

Photo of Saron post-operation

December 21, 2021

Saron underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Saron had a successful cataract removal to relieve her vision symptoms. She is delighted at how well she can see and looks forward to caring for her family again. Now, Saron can go outside by herself and recognize the faces of her family again.

Saron’s husband said: “Thank you to those who helped my wife see again. She can help me on the farm again so that we can grow food to feed our family. She is more independent, feels better about herself and looks forward to cooking again.”

Saron had a successful cataract removal to relieve her vision symptoms. She is delighted at how well she can see and looks forward to caring...

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October 26, 2021

Saron is a 55-year-old mother. She is married and has one daughter. Her husband is a farmer and her daughter is a garment worker. Saron likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch movies on TV.

Three years ago, Saron developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Saron learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On October 26th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, Saron will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $229 to help fund this procedure.

Saron shared, “I hope my eye can see clearly after surgery so I can help my husband on the rice field and do my housework well.”

Saron is a 55-year-old mother. She is married and has one daughter. Her husband is a farmer and her daughter is a garment worker. Saron like...

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Saron's Timeline

  • October 26, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saron 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.

  • October 28, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saron's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saron's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saron's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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