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Success! Sas from Cambodia raised $150 for surgery to restore her vision.

Sas
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Sas's treatment was fully funded on January 10, 2016.

Photo of Sas post-operation

February 5, 2016

Sas received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

After a brief, 40-minute procedure, “Sas can see everything clearly now,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. She is happy to have restored vision, and no longer worries about becoming permanently blind.

“I can easily see something and watch TV clearly,” Sas told her doctor. “I can go anywhere outside that is far, and I can go visit my child in Malaysia more easily too.”

After a brief, 40-minute procedure, "Sas can see everything clearly now," reports our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. She is ha...

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December 29, 2015

After developing a cataract in her left eye one year ago, 62-year-old Sas is facing the everyday effects of impaired vision. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), explains that the grandmother experiences blurred vision, burning, and tearing.

Cataracts are common among older patients and occur when a semi-opaque layer develops over the eye lens. Over time, the condition persists and can lead to partial and eventually total blindness.

“In her free time, Sas does house work and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on TV,” CSC states. However, the mother of three and grandmother of seven says, “I can’t see everything clearly, do any work well, or go anywhere outside.” Hopeful for treatment, Sas traveled three hours to reach CSC’s clinic.

For $150, Sas can receive surgery to completely restore her vision. During this procedure, doctors will make a small incision in each eye to replace the old lens with a clear implant. In addition to regaining her vision within just a day of her surgery, Sas will also be able to enjoy greater independence.

Restored sight will improve Sas’ overall quality of life. She shares that she hopes to be able to visit one her children in Malaysia, adding, “I hope my eye can see everything [clearer] than now so I can [easily] do any work and go anywhere outside by myself.”

After developing a cataract in her left eye one year ago, 62-year-old Sas is facing the everyday effects of impaired vision. Our medical par...

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Sas's Timeline

  • December 29, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sas was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 29, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sas 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.

  • January 8, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 10, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sas's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 5, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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Chetra

Chetra is a bright and active 15-year-old from Cambodia with big goals. He has three sisters and is the third child in his family. His father unfortunately passed away several years ago, so his mother single-handedly supports their family by working in a garment factory. Chetra enjoys playing football, playing games, and listening to music. He is currently in grade nine, and he thrives in math and Khmer literature. In the future, he aspires to be a lawyer. When Chetra was only six years old, a finger on his left hand was damaged by an electric burn. After the accident, his mother took him to a hospital to receive care for his wound, but he developed a contracture, which is the shortening and hardening of tendons and other tissue. This leads to the tightening of the skin surrounding the burn. Several years ago, Chetra underwent surgery in hopes of healing his condition, but there was unfortunately no improvement. He is currently unable to hold objects using his left hand and is in pain when he tries to straighten his finger. When Chetra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 25th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his left hand easily again. This procedure will include a skin graft to cover the wound. Now, he and his family need help to fund this $495 procedure. Chetra says, "I hope I can use my finger again soon and can grip things."

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3%funded
$15raised
$480to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Chetra

Chetra is a bright and active 15-year-old from Cambodia with big goals. He has three sisters and is the third child in his family. His father unfortunately passed away several years ago, so his mother single-handedly supports their family by working in a garment factory. Chetra enjoys playing football, playing games, and listening to music. He is currently in grade nine, and he thrives in math and Khmer literature. In the future, he aspires to be a lawyer. When Chetra was only six years old, a finger on his left hand was damaged by an electric burn. After the accident, his mother took him to a hospital to receive care for his wound, but he developed a contracture, which is the shortening and hardening of tendons and other tissue. This leads to the tightening of the skin surrounding the burn. Several years ago, Chetra underwent surgery in hopes of healing his condition, but there was unfortunately no improvement. He is currently unable to hold objects using his left hand and is in pain when he tries to straighten his finger. When Chetra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 25th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his left hand easily again. This procedure will include a skin graft to cover the wound. Now, he and his family need help to fund this $495 procedure. Chetra says, "I hope I can use my finger again soon and can grip things."

3% funded

3%funded
$15raised
$480to go