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

Sanh
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sanh's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Sanh post-operation

September 24, 2020

Sanh underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Sanh’s procedure was successful, and she has been discharged back home with medicated eye-drops. A two-week follow-up appointment has been scheduled in order to check the progress of her healing. She will have improved visual acuity and will no longer experience discomforts like irritation and light sensitivity. After recovery, Sanh will be able to work more regularly and run her cake business by herself.

Sanh told us with a big smile, “I am glad to finally get some improvement in my eye. I feel that I can do more by myself now, and use my vision to work on many different things.”

Sanh's procedure was successful, and she has been discharged back home with medicated eye-drops. A two-week follow-up appointment has been s...

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August 3, 2020

Sanh is a 64-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, three daughters and two grandchildren. She supplements her income by baking and selling Khmer cakes. In her free time she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio.

Three years ago, Sanh developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sanh learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On August 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs your help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sanh shared “I hope after surgery I can help my family with the housework, take care my grandchildren, and spend more time making cakes to sell. I will be happy to be more independent.”

Sanh is a 64-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, three daughters and two grandchildren. She supplements her income by baking and...

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Sanh's Timeline

  • August 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 3, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sanh 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.

  • August 4, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sanh's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 24, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sanh's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sanh's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.