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Success! Savoeun from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract surgery.

Savoeun
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Savoeun's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2020.

Photo of Savoeun post-operation

October 26, 2019

Savoeun underwent cataract surgery.

Savoeun has returned home after a successful operation. Savoeun’s vision has been restored, and she will be able to work and go about her daily life with improved vision.

Savoeun said, “I am so happy that my surgery went well and that I am able to see everything more clearly than before. Now, I am able to continue my work on the rice field and can do any housework as well as go anywhere I want to outside on my own.”

Savoeun has returned home after a successful operation. Savoeun's vision has been restored, and she will be able to work and go about her da...

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October 8, 2019

Savoeun is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio, visiting the Pagoda, and spending time with her six grandchildren in her free time.

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

When Savoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 09, 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 help to fund this $211 procedure.

Savoeun said, “I hope that my eyes will be able to see clearly and that I can return to my work on the rice farm.”

Savoeun is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio, visiting the Pagoda, and spending t...

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Savoeun's Timeline

  • October 8, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Savoeun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 9, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Savoeun 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.

  • October 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 26, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Savoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Savoeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Savoeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$125
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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Su

Su is a 16-year-old girl from Burma. She has three siblings. Su’s mother is a home maker, and her older brother works as a day labourer. Su and her youngest sister are students and this year Su is in grade seven. Her family's combined monthly income is around 200,000 kyat (approx. 200 USD) per month, which is just enough for their daily expenses, but not enough to pay for basic healthcare. When she has free time, Su loves to play football with her friends at school and she likes to be the goalkeeper. She also loves to read books and watch movies. Su plans to continue her studies as soon as she finishes her treatment. Su was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Su still feels tired, but not as much as before she started taking her medication. When she feels more tired, her breath quickens. Su has stopped attending school since she got sick. Although she wants to go back to school, her mother worries for her as her school is a little far and she normally walks there. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Su. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 12nd and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Su's mother shared, “Su really wants to go to school but I worry that the long walking distance from our house to her school will make her tired and worsen her condition. So, I asked her to stay home for a while until she can get treated.”

81% funded

81%funded
$1,223raised
$277to go

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