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

San
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$229
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$0
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Fully funded
San's treatment was fully funded on February 24, 2021.

Photo of San post-operation

February 26, 2021

San underwent a cataract surgery.

San received a successful cataract surgery, which restored the sight in her left eye. In her recovery, she will apply eye drops several times a day to decrease the risk of infection and aid in healing. Her son is happy to see her well and very pleased with her recovery. She is relieved to be able to go outside and visit the pagoda to hear the monks pray, one of her favorite pastimes.

San shared, “I am very happy that I can see better, see the faces of people I know, do more around the house, and take care my grandchildren again.”

San received a successful cataract surgery, which restored the sight in her left eye. In her recovery, she will apply eye drops several time...

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November 26, 2020

San is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. All of her children are married. San has lived with her youngest daughter since her husband passed away six years ago. In her free time, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and visit the pagoda.

One year ago, San developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When San learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours by taxi with her son seeking treatment. On November 26th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, San needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

San shared, “At this age, I just want to see and take care of my grandchildren well.”

San is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. All of her children are married. ...

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San's Timeline

  • November 26, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 26, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    San 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.

  • November 28, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    San's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    San's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    San's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for San'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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45% funded

45%funded
$402raised
$472to go

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