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Success! Soeun from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery.

Soeun
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Soeun's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.
July 4, 2022

Soeun is a 61-year-old rice farmer, living with his wife in Cambodia. Together, they have four sons, four daughters, and six grandchildren. Soeun’s wife also works as a farmer, and in their spare time, they enjoy listening to the news on the radio.

About a year ago, Soeun noticed that his left eye was tearing, his vision in that eye was blurry, and he was having difficulty seeing things. He was diagnosed with a cataract, which will need to be removed, in order for Soeun to be able to go on about his life without the fear of tripping and falling, due to his impaired vision.

When Soeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours to seek treatment. On July 4th, doctors at Kien Khleang Rehabilitation Centre will perform cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in Soeun’s left eye. After recovery, Soeun will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Soeun says: “I am very happy when I think about how my vision will be restored. I can go back to the rice field easily.”

Soeun is a 61-year-old rice farmer, living with his wife in Cambodia. Together, they have four sons, four daughters, and six grandchildren. ...

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Soeun's Timeline

  • July 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 4, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Soeun was scheduled to receive 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.

  • July 8, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Soeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Soeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Soeun's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Soeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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.