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

Sophors
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sophors's treatment was fully funded on July 1, 2021.

Photo of Sophors post-operation

July 19, 2021

Sophors underwent cataract surgery and has regained hope.

Sophors had resigned herself to partial blindness and not seeing her grandchildren grow. However, she regained hope and was relieved to know she could have a simple procedure to improve her eyesight at our medical partner CSC. After the successful cataract surgery, Sophors has rested for a few days and now she can recognize her grandchildren and looks forward to visiting the local pagoda for prayer.

Sophors’ daughter shares, “I am happy my mother can see well again. She can help me around the house, and cook for the family again. Thank you to the hospital for making my mother’s life better again.”

Sophors had resigned herself to partial blindness and not seeing her grandchildren grow. However, she regained hope and was relieved to know...

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June 14, 2021

Sophors is a 60-year-old woman. She has two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. Sophors is a retired cook and lives with her eldest daughter who is a mat weaver. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and playing with her grandchildren.

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

When Sophors learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 14th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly and now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sophors shared, “I hope I can see better so I can recognize people’s faces and take care of my grandchildren well.”

Sophors is a 60-year-old woman. She has two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. Sophors is a retired cook and lives with her eldes...

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Sophors's Timeline

  • June 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophors 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.

  • June 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophors's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophors's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophors's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sophors'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.