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Success! Saovory from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Saovory
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Saovory's treatment was fully funded on June 21, 2021.

Photo of Saovory post-operation

April 8, 2021

Saovory underwent a sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Saovory’s cataract surgery was a great success and her sight has been restored. Saovory’s daughter is very happy that her mom can see everything clearly and she can now return to work as a vegetable seller and help her with her homework :).

Soavory shared, “Now I can go anywhere outside that I want. Thank you to the donors who helped me get my eye surgery.”

Saovory's cataract surgery was a great success and her sight has been restored. Saovory's daughter is very happy that her mom can see everyt...

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March 10, 2021

Saovory is a 54-year-old vegetable seller with one son and one daughter. Saovory lives with her youngest daughter, who is a student in 8th grade. She makes a living by selling vegetables from a cart around her village. In her free time, Saovory likes to watch the TV news at her neighbor’s house and listen to the monks pray on the radio.

About four years ago, Saovory developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and sometime tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and doing all the things she needs to do outside.

When Saovory learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled with her daughter hoping for treatment. On March 10th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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.

Saovory shared, “I hope after surgery I can see well again so I can have an easier time selling vegetables, taking care of my daughter, and doing my housework.”

Saovory is a 54-year-old vegetable seller with one son and one daughter. Saovory lives with her youngest daughter, who is a student in 8th g...

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Saovory's Timeline

  • March 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saovory 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.

  • March 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saovory's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saovory's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saovory's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Saovory'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.