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Success! Soy from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to help her stay active.

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

Photo of Soy post-operation

October 8, 2021

Soy underwent cataract surgery to help her stay active.

Soy had successful surgery to remove the cataract from her eye. Soy will rest for several days, and apply eye drops to reduce the chance of infection and aid in healing. Soy’s vision will slowly return, and she will be able to return to the fields to help her family farm. This is important to her to help feed their growing family.

Soy’s daughter said: “I’m feeling relieved my mother’s vision will improve. She will be able to help on the farm and cook for the family. She likes to visit the pagoda, and now she can go by herself; I won’t have to worry about her any longer.”

Soy had successful surgery to remove the cataract from her eye. Soy will rest for several days, and apply eye drops to reduce the chance of ...

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September 15, 2021

Soy is a 66-year-old rice farmer. She and her husband have three sons, six daughters, and many grandchildren. They live with their oldest daughter who is also a farmer. Due to her age and poor vision, she no longer works in the rice field. At home, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Soy developed a cataract in her right eye causing her sensitivity to light and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Soy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 15th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification cataract surgery 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.

Soy shared, “after surgery I hope my eye can see clearly again. I want to go to the rice field to help my husband. And I want to plant vegetables around my house for sale to earn money to support my family.”

Soy is a 66-year-old rice farmer. She and her husband have three sons, six daughters, and many grandchildren. They live with their oldest da...

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Soy's Timeline

  • September 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Soy 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.

  • September 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Soy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Soy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Soy'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 Soy'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.