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

Savorn
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Savorn's treatment was fully funded on April 3, 2019.

Photo of Savorn post-operation

January 31, 2019

Savorn underwent cataract surgery.

Savorn has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Savorn’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of life. She looks forward to being able to go places independently and see her grandchildren’s faces.

She says, “I feel very happy that I can see everything more clearly so I can do my work and go anywhere outside by myself.”

Savorn has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Savorn’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality o...

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January 28, 2019

Savorn is a potato, watermelon, and rice farmer from Cambodia. She likes to watch Khmer and Thai dramas on TV, as well as listen to the news on the radio.

Two years ago, Savorn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, pain, photophobia, and itching. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Savorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 29, doctors will perform small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure.

She says, “I hope that I will be able to see everything more clearly now so I can feed my animals and so I can cook for my family. I also hope that I will be able to anywhere I want by myself.”

Savorn is a potato, watermelon, and rice farmer from Cambodia. She likes to watch Khmer and Thai dramas on TV, as well as listen to the news...

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Savorn's Timeline

  • January 28, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 29, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Savorn 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.

  • January 29, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 31, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Savorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 03, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Savorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Savorn'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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John is a casual laborer from Kenya and the oldest of three children in his family with a single mother. John is currenrtly unemployed and previously he did some casual work at a bus stage: to help fill passengers for a small daily wage. His mother does casual work like cleaning clothes for neighbors and any other job available. On 4th April 2019 John was hit by a vehicle that lost control and met him on the side of the road. He sustained injuries to both legs. He was taken to a nearby hospital and x-rays showed he had closed fracture head of femur left leg and open fracture right tibia. Through the earlier support of friends and neighbors, he had an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery on the left side and external fixator on his right leg. Unfortunately even after the wound was healed his family could not afford another ORIF surgery which is much needed. Doctors are concerned that if not treated soon, John may get sepsis in his bones and may never be able to use his legs again. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 5th, John will undergo an ORIF fracture repair procedure. We hope with treatment, he will regain normal use of his legs and that an infection will also be avoided. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I have suffered a whole year in bed and pain that seems to have no end. I really plead for support and God will bless you. I can’t imagine seeing these metal bars removed from my leg and walking again, even if by crutches,” says John.

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$660raised
$338to go

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