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Success! Seu from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery on her left eye.

Seu
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$229
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Fully funded
Seu's treatment was fully funded on October 19, 2020.

Photo of Seu post-operation

February 2, 2020

Seu underwent cataract surgery on her left eye.

Seu had a very successful and quick operation on her left eye. She has now returned to her home in Kampong Cham province, and will use eye drops everyday to reduce her risk of infection. Her husband, Soy, says that he feels so glad his wife was able receive surgery and that she can see clearly again. He is happy that she is able to return to her normal activities and can go anywhere outside on her own much more easily than before.

“I am so happy that I can see everything clearly again following my eye surgery. I can help my family with the cleaning around the house, I can help take care of my grandchildren, and I am able to visit the pagoda and can go anyplace I want to independently again,” she shared.

Seu had a very successful and quick operation on her left eye. She has now returned to her home in Kampong Cham province, and will use eye d...

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January 12, 2020

Seu is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has eight children, ten grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and making visits to the local pagoda.

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

When Seu learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 13th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure.

“I hope that I will be able to see clearly and can take care of my grandchildren and help with the housework,” Seu said.

Seu is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has eight children, ten grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the rad...

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Seu's Timeline

  • January 12, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 13, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Seu 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 13, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Seu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 2, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Seu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 19, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Seu's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

Biryomumeisho is a 51-year-old small scale farmer and has proudly raised four children. Her oldest child is 34 years old, while her youngest is 20 years old. A few years ago, their family had to pay for significant treatment for her husband's leg fracture, and they were forced to sell a piece of land to pay for his care. He's currently at home and unable to work. Since his accident, Biryomumeisho and her family have often needed to depend on financial support to pay for the children's school fees and meet other daily needs. Six years ago, Biryomumeisho herself starting feeling lower abdominal and back pains, especially whenever she bent or sat down. She also has a severe headache due to these pains, and as a result has completely stopped farming. At Rushoroza Hospital, doctors have diagnosed her with multiple leiyomyomas, or fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. If not treated, she will continue to suffer chronic pelvic pain, and her fibroids could undergo degenerative changes. However, Biryomumeisho and her family cannot afford the care that she needs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Biryomumeisho's surgery. On May 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Biryomumeisho will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Biryomumeisho shared, “My family cannot afford the surgery charges. I'll resume farming as soon as possible once given treatment and be able to support my family like I used to before.”

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