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Success! Sophal from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring surgery and return to the fields to work.

Sophal
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Sophal's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2021.

Photo of Sophal post-operation

January 10, 2022

Sophal underwent sight-restoring surgery.

Surgery was successful for Sophal and his vision has been vastly improved. He looks forward to being able to go places independently, and clearly seeing his children’s faces. He plans to return home to work in the rice fields to feed his family and support his children’s education.

Sophal’s wife said: “I am so relieved my husband can see clearly again. He was afraid to go to the hospital, but very happy he can now recognize faces and see bright colors again. We are so grateful to the people who have helped us.”

Surgery was successful for Sophal and his vision has been vastly improved. He looks forward to being able to go places independently, and cl...

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November 22, 2021

Sophal is a 58-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife have two daughters and three sons who are all in school studying. When he is not farming, he likes to listen to the news on the radio.

Sophal developed a cataract in his left eye four years ago, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sophal learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 22nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $229 to fund Sophal’s procedure.

Sophal shared, “I hope my eye can see well again. Then I’ll be able to go to the rice field again and plant vegetables for sale to earn money to support my family.”

Sophal is a 58-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife have two daughters and three sons who are all in school studying. When he is not farmin...

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Sophal's Timeline

  • November 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophal 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.

  • November 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophal's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sophal'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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Vicheka

Vicheka is the eldest of two children in her family and loves her younger sister who is three years old. Their family lives in Preah Vihear near the Thai border of Cambodia. Her father is a soldier and her mother is a potato farmer. At school, she is fond of math and Khmer literature and would like to be a teacher when she is older. She likes reading books, painting, playing with her little sister, and taking walks with her parents. When Vicheka was five, she was diagnosed with scoliosis of the spine—a sideways curvature of the spine that most often is diagnosed in adolescents. She has uneven shoulders, a bump in her lower back, difficulty standing up straight, and shortness of breath. It has become difficult for her to breathe, she tires easily, and she is having difficulty walking. This can be very difficult for young girls, they are often hidden at home because other children make fun of the way they look. A neighbor told her parents about our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre, so they traveled over 10 hours for a diagnosis and surgery. Surgeons plan to put in expanding rods along her spine. The expanding rods will allow her to grow and keep her spine from curving further, which could cause her more health problems if left untreated. Their family needs $1,500 for the surgery, which will cover medications, implants, and post-operative care. Vicheka said, "I hope the doctors can fix my spine so I can play with my friends and my back will be straight. I want to continue in school but it is hard for me to keep up, and I miss school."

62% funded

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$940raised
$560to go

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