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Success! Samen from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

Samen
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Samen's treatment was fully funded on April 28, 2017.

Photo of Samen post-operation

March 7, 2017

Samen underwent cataract surgery.

Samen’s eye cataract was successfully removed from his left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye drops to reduce inflammation.

Samen says, “I am happy that I can see clearly again. I can help my family earn money, and I can go anywhere by myself.”

Samen's eye cataract was successfully removed from his left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given e...

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February 12, 2017

Meet Samen, a married father of three sons. He enjoys chatting with his friends and neighbors and listening to the news on the radio.

One year ago, Samen developed cataracts in both eyes, causing blurred vision. Samen has difficulty seeing things clearly, working, and going anywhere by himself. He is worried about going blind.

After hearing about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor, Samen traveled with his wife for four hours to reach CSC.

Surgeons at CSC will perform a small incision cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation in each eye on February 13. CSC is asking for $292 to help Samen see clearly again.

Meet Samen, a married father of three sons. He enjoys chatting with his friends and neighbors and listening to the news on the radio. On...

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Samen's Timeline

  • February 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samen 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 14, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 28, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samen's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Samen'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.