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Success! Savat from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a sight-restoring eye surgery.

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$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Savat's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2021.

Photo of Savat post-operation

August 3, 2021

Savat underwent a sight-restoring eye surgery.

One day after surgery, Savat was already delighted about how well she could see, when just the day before she could not go outside or help on the family farm. She will now be able to go back to work with her husband in the rice fields to help earn a living and feed their family.

Savat said: “I never imagined I could wake up and recognize the faces of my family. I was so happy. Thank you to those who help Cambodians to have a better life.”

One day after surgery, Savat was already delighted about how well she could see, when just the day before she could not go outside or help o...

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June 21, 2021

Savat is a 51-year-old rice farmer. She has one son, one daughter, and three grandchildren. Savat lives with her husband who is also a rice farmer. In her free time, Savat enjoys spending time playing with her grandchildren.

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

When Savat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her son seeking treatment. On June 21st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Savat shared, “I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable again so I can see clearly and go back to planting rice and taking good care of my family.”

Savat is a 51-year-old rice farmer. She has one son, one daughter, and three grandchildren. Savat lives with her husband who is also a rice ...

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Savat's Timeline

  • June 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Savat 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 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Savat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Savat'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 Savat'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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Ray is a 2-year-old boy who lives with his four brothers and parents in a refugee camp. His siblings go to school and his mother weaves traditional Karen skirts for sale at their home. Unfortunately, his father has been unable to leave the refugee camp to search for work since August 2021, due to local COVID-19 restrictions. When Ray was eight months old, his mother noticed a worrying swelling. She brought him to the hospital in the refugee camp, where a medic examined Ray and advised his mother to come back if it increased in size. In July 2021, his parents brought him back to the hospital for a medical examination and he was referred to Mae Sariang Hospital for further treatment. With the help of the organization Malteser International (MI) staff, Ray and his mother were brought to the hospital, where a doctor examined Ray and diagnosed him with an inguinal hernia. Ray has little appetite and cries frequently, and the pain he feels often causes him to wake up during sleep. After completing a physical examination, the doctor scheduled him to be admitted to the hospital on January 12th so he can receive hernia repair surgery the following day. As Ray’s family cannot afford to pay for surgery, MI staff referred him to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, for assistance accessing treatment. This procedure will cost $1,486, and Ray and his family need help raising money. Ray's mother shared, “I will send Ray to school when he is older and I want him to become a doctor because I want my son to help the community and other families."

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