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Success! Chan Soy from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to restore her eyesight.

Chan Soy
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Chan Soy's treatment was fully funded on June 28, 2022.

Photo of Chan Soy post-operation

July 19, 2022

Chan Soy underwent cataract surgery to restore her eyesight.

Chan Soy traveled with her daughter to seek help for her blurry vision. When she was able to open her eye the following day after her cataract surgery, she was amazed at how well she could see faces and colors. She will rest for a few days at home, Chan Soy’s life will improve because she will be able to support her family by watching her grandchildren and making sure they go to school. She also looks forward to being able to collect recycled cans to earn money to help support her family.

Chan Soy’s daughter said: “we are so grateful that my mother was able to have this surgery. She feels more useful and will be able to visit her neighbors and collect recycled cans again. Thank you to the people who paid for my mother to have this surgery; she is more independent now that she can see well again.”

Chan Soy traveled with her daughter to seek help for her blurry vision. When she was able to open her eye the following day after her catara...

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April 4, 2022

Chan Soy is a 65-year-old widow with one daughter and three grandchildren. Chan Soy lives with her daughter, and she enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio and at the local pagoda.

About one year ago, Chan Soy developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she cannot go out on her own.

When Chan Soy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled there seeking treatment. On April 4th, surgeons will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to help fund this procedure.

Chan Soy says, “After surgery, I hope my eye can see clearly so I can take better care of my grandchildren and myself.”

Chan Soy is a 65-year-old widow with one daughter and three grandchildren. Chan Soy lives with her daughter, and she enjoys listening to the...

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Chan Soy's Timeline

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chan Soy 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 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chan Soy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chan Soy's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chan Soy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Chan Soy'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.