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Success! Sokchea from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery so she can see better.

Sokchea
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sokchea's treatment was fully funded on January 14, 2021.

Photo of Sokchea post-operation

January 15, 2021

Sokchea underwent eye surgery and can now see better.

Sokchea’s surgery went well. She will finally be able to recognize her family and neighbors and this treatment has decreased her blurry vision. She’s eager to get back to farming with her family.

“Thank you so much,” she shared with us.

Sokchea's surgery went well. She will finally be able to recognize her family and neighbors and this treatment has decreased her blurry visi...

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October 6, 2020

Sokchea is a 55-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sokchea is married and has two daughters, one son, and two grandchildren. Her husband is also a rice farmer. Sokchea enjoys watching Thai and Khmer dramas on TV.

Five years ago, Sokchea 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 Sokchea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her brother-in-law seeking treatment. On October 6th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure.

Sokchea said, “After surgery I hope I can recognize faces well and be able to help take care of my grandchildren.”

Sokchea is a 55-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sokchea is married and has two daughters, one son, and two grandchildren. Her husband is...

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Sokchea's Timeline

  • October 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokchea 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 06, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokchea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokchea's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokchea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sokchea'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.