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Success! Srun from Cambodia raised $211 to fund cataract eye surgery.

Srun
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  • $211 raised, $0 to go
$211
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Srun's treatment was fully funded on January 20, 2020.

Photo of Srun post-operation

December 26, 2019

Srun underwent cataract eye surgery.

Srun has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Srun’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of life. She looks forward to being able to go places independently and see her relatives’ faces.

“I feel so happy that I can see everything and everyone clearly after my eye surgery, much better than before. Now, I can return to my activities, like visiting and cleaning around the pagoda, boiling tea for the monks, and going anyplace I want to on my own,” Srun said.

Srun has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Srun’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve her quality of li...

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December 11, 2019

Srun is a 71-year-old mother from Cambodia. She has one son, and enjoys spending time at the pagoda and listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Srun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her tearing and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Srun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 12th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure.

“I hope that I will be able to return to my meditation and help clean at the pagoda,” she shared.

Srun is a 71-year-old mother from Cambodia. She has one son, and enjoys spending time at the pagoda and listening to the monks pray on the r...

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Srun's Timeline

  • December 11, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Srun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 12, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Srun 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.

  • December 13, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srun'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 $211 for Srun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$125
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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57% funded

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$556raised
$412to go

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