Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

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

Sim
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sim's treatment was fully funded on March 8, 2022.

Photo of Sim post-operation

March 18, 2022

Sim underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Sim was reluctant to travel to have surgery as she thought her eyesight would be permanently bad, but her in-laws encouraged her to have the surgery. She remained at the hospital until surgeons were sure she had no complications. She has now returned to her province and with her new eyesight she is happy she can bake again. Her children are grateful Sim can be more independent and support the family with income again.

Sim’s son shared, “We are thankful my mother can see well again. She was feeling bad that she could not do anything because she could not see well. She is much happier now. Thank you to the donors who supported her to have this surgery, it was very important for her and our family.”

Sim was reluctant to travel to have surgery as she thought her eyesight would be permanently bad, but her in-laws encouraged her to have the...

Read more
January 18, 2022

Sim is a 62-year-old cake seller with two daughters, three sons, and six grandchildren. She lives with her youngest son, who is a construction worker. Because of her age and vision, Sim shared that she has been unable to bake and sell cakes so she now stays home to take care of her grandchildren. When not caring for her grandchildren, Sim likes to listen to the radio for the news and the monks’ prayers.

One year ago, Sim developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, she is unable to go places on her own.

When Sim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and half hours seeking treatment. On January 18th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund her procedure.

Sim shared, “After surgery, I hope my eye can see better. I’d like to go outside without worrying and make cakes to sell again.”

Sim is a 62-year-old cake seller with two daughters, three sons, and six grandchildren. She lives with her youngest son, who is a constructi...

Read more

Sim's Timeline

  • January 18, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 18, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sim 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.

  • January 19, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 8, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sim's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Profile 48x48 11692714 10153304908806201 8650397643151660751 n

Funded by 1 donor

Profile 48x48 11692714 10153304908806201 8650397643151660751 n
Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sim'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Darensky

Darensky is a 10-year-old student from Haiti. He lives with his mother and grandparents in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He is in the third grade and likes building things and making crafts. Darensky has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus and tracheal ring. Two holes exists between two major blood vessels near his heart; blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs, leaving him weak and oxygen-deprived. The treatment that Darensky needs is not available in Haiti, so he will fly to United States to undergo surgery. Many years ago he had one hole closed so this is the second surgery he needs, and his family has been waiting for this moment for a long time. Fortunately, on March 10th, Darensky will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the remaining hole that leaks blood between his two main blood vessels at the same time. During the surgery, he will also have a muscular blockage removed from his trachea that affects his ability to breathe. Another organization, Akron Children's Hospital, is contributing $12,000 to help pay for surgery. Darensky's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Darensky's family overseas. HIs mother told us: "I am very happy to know that after this surgery my son will finally be able to run and play normally!"

74% funded

74%funded
$1,112raised
$388to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.