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Success! Som Ban from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

Som Ban
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Som Ban's treatment was fully funded on January 25, 2021.

Photo of Som Ban post-operation

October 17, 2020

Som Ban underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Ban’s procedure was successful! She has been discharged with medicated eye-drops and a one-week follow-up appointment has been scheduled to check on her healing progress. Once she has fully recovered, she will have improved vision and will enjoy increased independence in her daily activities.

Ban said, “I am glad I was able to come to CSC and get this surgery. I hope that when my eyesight is better I can work again and support my family.”

Ban's procedure was successful! She has been discharged with medicated eye-drops and a one-week follow-up appointment has been scheduled to ...

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August 11, 2020

Som Ban is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, three daughters, and eight grandchildren. Som Ban lives with her husband who is also a rice farmer. In her free time she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Som Ban developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, burning, cloudy lens, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Som Ban learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for six and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On August 11th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery (SICS) and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Som Ban said, “I hope I can see everything clearly after my eye surgery so I can help take care of my grandchildren.”

Her daughter shared, “I hope my mom can see well after surgery and I won’t have to worry about her vision getting any worse.”

Som Ban is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, three daughters, and eight grandchildren. Som Ban lives with her hus...

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Som Ban's Timeline

  • August 11, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 11, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Som Ban 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.

  • August 12, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Som Ban's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Som Ban's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Som Ban'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 Som Ban'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.