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

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

Photo of Soeun post-operation

July 10, 2022

Soeun underwent restorative cataract surgery.

Soeun had successful surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre and was able to return home the next day. When her sight is fully restored, Soeun looks forward to the daily activities she loves - caring for her grandchildren, visiting her local pagoda, and helping on the farm.

Soeun said: “I am so happy I listened to the advice of my relatives to have my eye fixed. This operation will improve my life, I can be more useful and help my family to earn money. Thank you to CSC and the donors for helping me see better.”

Soeun had successful surgery at Children's Surgical Centre and was able to return home the next day. When her sight is fully restored, Soeu...

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April 4, 2022

Soeun is a 67-year-old retired rice farmer who is married and has two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren. Soeun’s husband works as a security guard, and all of their children work as farmers. Soeun favorite activities are sewing and listening to the monks praying on the radio or in person at the local pagoda.

One year ago, Soeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, 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 places independently any more.

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

Soeun says, “I hope my eye can see clearly again so I can sew pillows for income and get around well by myself.”

Soeun is a 67-year-old retired rice farmer who is married and has two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren. Soeun's husband works as...

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Soeun's Timeline

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Soeun 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

    Soeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Soeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Soeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Soeun'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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Cleophas

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