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Success! Sary from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a cataract surgery.

Sary
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sary's treatment was fully funded on January 3, 2021.

Photo of Sary post-operation

January 3, 2021

Sary underwent a cataract surgery.

Sary traveled four hours to have her cataract removed by Watsi’s partner CSC surgeons. After her surgery, she needed to use eye drops to decrease inflammation and the risk of infection.

She couldn’t believe she began to see better almost immediately. Sary will now be able to return to her province to farm rice with her husband and family. The surgery has brought great relief to her now that she can see more clearly, and she said she is happy to be able to do more of what she likes, including her favorite recreation of watching Khmer dramas on TV!

“I am very happy that I can see better, do more, and can take care of my family.” she told us after surgery.

Sary traveled four hours to have her cataract removed by Watsi's partner CSC surgeons. After her surgery, she needed to use eye drops to dec...

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November 11, 2020

Sary is a 55-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Her husband is also a farmer. Sary enjoys watching Khmer dramas on TV.

One year ago, Sary developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her tearing, itchiness, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sary learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours by taxi with her husband seeking treatment. On November 11th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sary shared, “If I can see well, it will bring happiness to me and my family.”

Sary is a 55-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Her husband is also a farm...

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Sary's Timeline

  • November 11, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sary was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • November 11, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sary received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • November 13, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 03, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sary's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 03, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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