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

Sim
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$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sim's treatment was fully funded on April 5, 2021.

Photo of Sim post-operation

March 30, 2021

Sim underwent a sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Sim had a successful cataract surgery at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Now, she is required to rest and will apply antibiotic drops to her eye multiple times per day to prevent infection. Sim is very happy to have improved vision, and her family is happy that they don’t have to worry about her any longer.

Sim shared, “I can recognize my family and go places by myself. My life will be better because I can see well again.”

Sim had a successful cataract surgery at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Now, she is required to rest and will apply a...

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February 7, 2021

Sim is an 87-year-old farmer with two sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. Sim lives with her youngest daughter, who is also a farmer. Her husband passed away ten years ago from hypertension. Due to Sim’s poor sight, she is unable to go anywhere, but she enjoys spending her time listening to the monks preaching on the radio.

Five years ago, Sim developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her son seeking treatment. On February 8th, doctors will perform 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.

Sim shared, “I hope after surgery I can see well again. I want to recognize my family and be able to walk around by myself.”

Sim is an 87-year-old farmer with two sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. Sim lives with her youngest daughter, who is also a farme...

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Sim's Timeline

  • February 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sim 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.

  • February 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sim's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Adere

Adere is a 14-year-old boy from Ethiopia. He is a grade seven student who loves to go to school and study. Adere also loves music and spends his free time listening to country music and dancing with his friends. Adere's parents are farmers of teff and maize, but they have a limited harvest each year due to the hot and dry landscape. The local community is mostly supported by government and NGOs for food and other basic need. His parents have 12 children, most of whom they are still supporting financially. As a result, Adere's parents need assistance with the upcoming medical bill for their son's surgery. Adere was born with a congenital anomaly called bladder exstrophy, and last year he received surgery to treat this condition in BethanyKids Hospital funded through Watsi donor support. Now, he is scheduled to undergo another surgery for his epispadias condition. Epispadias is an abnormal defect in a sensitive area that prevents him from using the bathroom comfortably. His condition may also cause future infertility problems. Adere will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo an epispadias repair procedure on February 11th. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,040 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. This procedure will enable him to use the bathroom comfortably and prevent risk of future complications. Adere's brother shared, “I hope he can be relieved of this condition soon. That would be a great blessing for him and for our family. I hope he will be a doctor and treat children in need.”

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68%funded
$710raised
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