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Success! Sophon from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Sophon
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sophon's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Sophon post-operation

June 17, 2020

Sophon underwent cataract surgery.

We just received an update from our medical partner that Sophon’s surgery went well. With his cataract removed his vision is greatly improved and he won’t need to rely on help from family to get around anymore.

Sophon says, “I am so surprised that I can see everything clearly after surgery. Now that I can drive my motorbike I can drive my grandchildren to school and help my family in the rice field.”

Sophon’s daughter added, “I am very happy that my father’s surgery went well. I am glad that when he returns home, he can drive his motorbike and help our family.”

We just received an update from our medical partner that Sophon's surgery went well. With his cataract removed his vision is greatly improve...

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April 6, 2020

Sophon is a 63-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. He likes driving his motorbike and listening to the news on the radio.

One year ago, Sophon developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia and loss of vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sophon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

“I hope that I can see things clearly after my surgery. I want to take care of my grandchildren and be able to to drive them all to school,” Sophon said.

Sophon is a 63-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. He likes driving his motorbike and...

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Sophon's Timeline

  • April 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sophon was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophon received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 01, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sophon'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Brighton

Brighton is three-year-old boy and the youngest in his family of nine children. Brighton is a friendly and playful boy. Brighton's parents have been wanting to enroll him in school and start kindergarten but they are concerned because Brighton's right foot is deformed after being involved in a fire accident two years ago, making walking for him difficult. Brighton was left at home sleeping while his mother went out to fetch water. His older siblings were inside the house playing and one of them took a matchbox and started playing with it. The fire caught the bed in which Brighton was sleeping in. The oldest child seeing the fire ran and called their mother who rushed in to save Brighton. He was saved, though he sustained burns on his right foot and was rushed to the hospital. Thankfully Brighton was treated, his wound healed, and was able to walk. However as time went on the scars around his foot contracted to pull on his toes, deforming his foot and making it difficult for him to walk well. His parents tried to seek treatment for him but the cost turned out to be expensive for them to afford. Both parents are small scale farmers and their income is not enough to support the family and cover Brighton's treatment cost. They are asking for help. Brighton’s mother says, “We would love to see our son’s foot well so that he can be able to walk like other normal children, but the cost of treatment is too high for us to afford. Please help us.”

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