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Success! Simot from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Simot
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Simot's treatment was fully funded on December 22, 2020.

Photo of Simot post-operation

July 8, 2020

Simot underwent cataract surgery.

Simot’s surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. With a lens implant, Simot’s recovery time will be extended but afterward she will enjoy much improved vision and increased independence.

Simot shared, “Thank you to the doctors of Children’s Surgical Centre for helping me. Now, I will go straight out to collecting wood with my husband, so we can increase our income again.”

Simot's surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. With a lens i...

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May 18, 2020

Simot is a 60-year-old wood seller from Cambodia. She has three children, one son, and two daughters. At home, she takes care of one daughter, who is blind, as well as her own mother. She must work hard to make enough income for her family, but when she has free time, she loves to watch TV and describe it for her daughter.

Two years ago, Simot developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside independently.

When Simot learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On May 18th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract 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 $229 procedure.

“Finding good firewood is a difficult part of my job, and I can’t do it with out my eye. After surgery, I will be able to go back out to work with my husband and make an income,” Simot said.

Simot is a 60-year-old wood seller from Cambodia. She has three children, one son, and two daughters. At home, she takes care of one daughte...

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Simot's Timeline

  • May 18, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 18, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Simot 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.

  • May 19, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Simot's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 8, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Simot's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 22, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Simot's treatment was fully funded.

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