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Success! Sovannara from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery so he can see well.

Sovannara
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sovannara's treatment was fully funded on April 16, 2021.

Photo of Sovannara post-operation

March 29, 2021

Sovannara underwent eye surgery so he can see well again.

Sovannara’s cataract surgery went well, and he was able to return to his province with instructions to use eye drops regularly to aid in healing and to avoid strenuous activity for a few days. Sovannara looks forward to being independent again so he can continue to support his family.

Sovannara shared, “I am happy I can drive my motorbike and start back to work, visit the pagoda for special ceremonies, and watch TV again.”

Sovannara's cataract surgery went well, and he was able to return to his province with instructions to use eye drops regularly to aid in hea...

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February 1, 2021

Sovannara is a 68-year-old retired soldier. He has six sons, one daughter, and fourteen grandchildren. He now lives with his youngest daughter and family. His daughter is a cook at a local restaurant. To earn extra money for the family, Sovannara became a motor taxi driver. He likes to watch Khmer boxing and the news on the TV.

His life has become more difficult since three years ago when Sovannara developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, blurred vision, and a need for brighter light to read or watch TV.

When Sovannara learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his wife seeking treatment. On February 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sovannara told us: “During my young age I used my power to support my country, and at this old age I need my eyes to see well and support my family.”

Sovannara is a 68-year-old retired soldier. He has six sons, one daughter, and fourteen grandchildren. He now lives with his youngest daught...

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Sovannara's Timeline

  • February 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sovannara 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 1, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sovannara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sovannara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sovannara's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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