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Success! Saoe from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

Saoe
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$398
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$0
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Fully funded
Saoe's treatment was fully funded on January 26, 2019.

Photo of Saoe post-operation

December 5, 2018

Saoe underwent cataract surgery.

Saoe has returned home after a successful operation. As per her doctor’s instructions, she had one eye done, and will need to return in a few weeks to have surgery on the other eye. Surgery will allow her to work and go about her daily life with improved vision. Her doctor looks forward to seeing her again in a couple weeks.

She says, “I am very happy that I can see better now and I can complete my work easily. I look forward to going for walks on my own.”

Saoe has returned home after a successful operation. As per her doctor's instructions, she had one eye done, and will need to return in a fe...

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December 3, 2018

Saoe is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons, two daughters, and fifteen grandchildren. She likes to watch the news in her free time.

Two years ago, Saoe developed a cataract in each eye, causing her tearing, irritation, and clouded lenses. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Saoe learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 4, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure.

Her son says, “I hope her surgery is a success and that she can see clearly after the operation. Thank you.”

Saoe is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons, two daughters, and fifteen grandchildren. She likes to watch the news in her free ti...

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Saoe's Timeline

  • December 3, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saoe was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 4, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saoe 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.

  • December 4, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saoe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 5, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saoe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 26, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saoe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Saoe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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.

Peace

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