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Success! Sinem from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract eye surgery so she can see again.

Sinem
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sinem's treatment was fully funded on March 26, 2022.

Photo of Sinem post-operation

April 11, 2022

Sinem underwent cataract eye surgery so she can see again.

Sinem’s surgery was a success! She will rest for a few days and apply prescription eye drops to reduce the chance of infection. Sinem is so pleased that she can see more clearly, go outside now without pain, and help her daughter with their small family business, which she shared has been difficult since the loss of her husband.

Sinem’s daughter said, “We are so relieved that my mother can see again. She feels better about herself and can be more independent. Thank you to the donors who helped my mother to have a better life.”

Sinem's surgery was a success! She will rest for a few days and apply prescription eye drops to reduce the chance of infection. Sinem is so ...

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January 3, 2022

Sinem is a 65-year-old vegetable seller. She lives with her daughter who also sells vegetables. Sinem shared that her husband passed away 10 years ago. She likes to listen to the news on the radio.

Three years ago, Sinem developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sinem learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled across the country for seven hours seeking treatment. On January 3rd, 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. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sinem says, “I hope after surgery my eye can see again. Then I can go back to selling vegetables with my daughter.”

Sinem is a 65-year-old vegetable seller. She lives with her daughter who also sells vegetables. Sinem shared that her husband passed away 10...

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Sinem's Timeline

  • January 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sinem 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 3, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sinem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sinem's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sinem'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 Sinem'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.