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Soy is a 55-year-old man from Cambodia who needs $253 to fund cataract surgery.

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June 6, 2022

Soy is a 55-year-old rice farmer who is married and has one daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren. Soy lives with his wife who is also a farmer and his oldest daughter who is a garment worker. They also have a few cows to support their family. At home, Soy likes to watch the news and funny stories on TV.

Five years ago, Soy developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him sensitivity to light and blurry vision. Soy has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on his own.

When Soy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 6th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, Soy will be able to see clearly. CSC is raising $253 to fund this life altering procedure.

Soy shared, “I really hope after surgery, I will be able to see better again. I want do more with my days.”

Soy is a 55-year-old rice farmer who is married and has one daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren. Soy lives with his wife who is also ...

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Soy's Timeline

  • June 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 6, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Soy was scheduled to receive 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.

  • June 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Soy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Soy is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Soy's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Soy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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