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Success! Sotom from Cambodia raised $292 to fund eye surgery.

Sotom
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sotom's treatment was fully funded on May 2, 2017.

Photo of Sotom post-operation

March 7, 2017

Sotom underwent eye surgery.

Sotom’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection.

Sotom says, “I feel very happy that I can see everything again. I can easily walk, eat, and do anything by myself without needing to disturb others to help me.”

Sotom's eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given...

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February 2, 2017

Sotom is a 71-year-old woman. She has seven sons, two daughters, and twelve grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and visit the pagoda.

One year ago, Sotom developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, eye discharge, and cloudy lenses. It is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, and go anywhere on her own.

Sotom knew about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), because her neighbor had surgery there before. She traveled for three hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. After a small-incision cataract surgery and intraocular lens implant in each eye, Sotom will be able to see clearly again. Sotom will undergo treatment on February 2, and CSC is requesting $292 to fund this surgery.

Sotom says, “I hope my eyes can see more clearly than now, so that I can recognize faces and easily eat, go to the bathroom and go to the pagoda or anywhere else without needing another person to help me.”

Sotom is a 71-year-old woman. She has seven sons, two daughters, and twelve grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio an...

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Sotom's Timeline

  • February 2, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 2, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sotom 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.

  • February 3, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sotom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sotom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 2, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sotom's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Sotom's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.