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

Saret
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Saret's treatment was fully funded on April 30, 2021.

Photo of Saret post-operation

April 12, 2021

Saret underwent cataract surgery.

Saret’s operation went smoothly! His cataract was removed and replaced with an intraocular lens. He spent one night in the hospital and has now returned home. Saret’s eye was a little swollen following the procedure, but he has been given eye drops to use several times throughout the day to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Saret’s surgery has improved his vision and his confidence. He will now be able to re-open his motorcycle shop to support his family.

Saret’s wife shared, “Saret is so happy he can see well again, he can do things by himself, recognize his children and grandchildren, and return to work. Thank you to everyone we don’t even know who helped him have this surgery.”

Saret's operation went smoothly! His cataract was removed and replaced with an intraocular lens. He spent one night in the hospital and has ...

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April 7, 2021

Saret is a 59-year-old motorcycle mechanic. He shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see well so I can reopen my repair shop and earn money to support my family.”

Sarat has two daughters and four grandchildren. He lives with his wife and their grandchildren, and enjoys watching movies, the news, and listening to the monks pray on the radio.

One year ago, Saret developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Saret learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled ther with his brother seeking treatment. On April 7th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Saret is a 59-year-old motorcycle mechanic. He shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see well so I can reopen my repair shop and earn mon...

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Saret's Timeline

  • April 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 7, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saret 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 8, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saret's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saret's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saret'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 $229 for Saret'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Mercy

Mercy is a 28-year-old subsistence farmer from Malawi. She lives in a grass-thatched house with her husband and their three children. Her oldest child is nine years old and attends school, while her youngest is five years old. She and her husband also take care of her 93-year-old grandmother who depends on them. Mercy and her husband farm together and their farm produces enough food to feed the family, but not enough to sell a surplus. To supplement their income, she and her husband also work on other people's farms. In 2018, Mercy noticed a small lump on the left side of her neck. Over the years, the lump has grown and is hard and painful. After having several appointments rescheduled, Mercy finally got a scan and was referred to a lab for thyroid tests and to a surgeon. The lab tests and transportation costs have greatly impacted her family’s income, and it has taken her three years to have all of the required testing. She was finally diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and surgery was recommended to heal her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Mercy to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $1,015 to fund her procedure and care. Mercy shared, "this condition is not only affecting me, but mainly my helpless 93 years old grandmother and also my family. I can no longer draw water for my grandmother and my children are too young to help. My husband is now getting exhausted combining farm work and household chores. Please assist me with this surgery so I can start helping my family again."

75% funded

75%funded
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