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

Seom
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
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$0
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Fully funded
Seom's treatment was fully funded on June 25, 2018.

Photo of Seom post-operation

April 27, 2018

Seom underwent cataract surgery.

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

She says, “I am happy that I can see better. I can do my work at home and go on outings on my own again.”

Seom has returned home after a successful operation. Seom's vision has been restored, and she will be able to work and go about daily life w...

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April 24, 2018

Seom is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters, four sons, and eight grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and watch Indian TV series.

One year ago, Seom developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her partial blindness, irritation, pain, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Seom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours ago seeking treatment. On April 25, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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.

She says, “I hope my eye surgery is successful so I can continue my work at the farm and support my family. I hope to be able to go outside by myself and lead an independent life.”

Seom is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters, four sons, and eight grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the r...

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Seom's Timeline

  • April 24, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Seom was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • April 25, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Seom received 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.

  • April 25, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Seom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 27, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Seom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 25, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Seom's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Seom'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Mercy

Mercy is a hard working 46-year-old mom who lives with her two grown children. Because she is long separated from her husband, Mercy has taken care of their children by herself, doing whatever work she can find to support her family. Currently, her daughter is unemployed, while her son works doing jobs for a small hotel in their village. In May, Mercy was injured by a neighbor after a disagreement. She sustained an open fracture of her tibia/fibula, resulting in pain and difficulty walking. Mercy requires surgery to heal the fracture, to prevent an infection of the bone in her leg, and to avert other complications which might cause her to lose the use of her leg. Fortunately Mercy went to Nazareth Hospital, where a surgeon reviewed her case, and advised her to have surgery. However, Mercy and her children cannot raise the required fee for her medical care. Surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. On May 26th, Mercy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, at Nazareth Hospital. After treatment, Mercy will be able to walk and to work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Mercy said: “I use my legs and my strength to work and make ends meet. My leg is very important for me. I am pleading for assistance so that I may have surgery and be well again so that I can resume my work to support my family.”

56% funded

56%funded
$588raised
$461to go