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Success! Sarom from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Sarom
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$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Sarom's treatment was fully funded on April 26, 2021.

Photo of Sarom post-operation

April 2, 2021

Sarom underwent a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Sarom had a successful procedure to remove her cataract! Now, she will use eye drops for a week to decrease the risk of infection and aid in healing. Sarom has returned to her province with improved vision and looks forward to resuming her former life again.

Sarom’s husband shared, “We are so happy to see her eye is better. She can help me to plant crops, and we don’t have to worry about her eye anymore.”

Sarom had a successful procedure to remove her cataract! Now, she will use eye drops for a week to decrease the risk of infection and aid in...

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February 16, 2021

Sarom is a 64-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She is a rice plantation farmer and has three sons, five daughters and many grandchildren. All of her children are married. Sarom lives with her husband, who is a retired soldier. She no longer goes to the rice field anymore because she cannot see well. Instead, she spends her time at home looking after her grandchildren. She like to listen to the monks preaching on the radio.

Two years ago, Sarom started having poor vision. She has developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her poor night vision, photophobia, blurry vision, and sometimes tearing. Saromhas difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sarom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her daughter seeking treatment. On February 16th, 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, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sarom shared, “I hope after surgery that I can see better and can better help my husband and my children to plant crops. I want to return to doing housework and taking care of my grandchildren.”

Sarom is a 64-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She is a rice plantation farmer and has three sons, five daughters and many grandchildren. All ...

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Sarom's Timeline

  • February 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sarom 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.

  • February 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sarom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sarom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 26, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sarom's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sarom'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Selinah

Selinah is a 31-year-old nun from Uganda. She serves as a nun under Our Lady of Fatima Rushoroza and is currently posted to the formation house of the Missionaries of Africa. She does not receive salary for her services apart from a small allowance for personal use. She is the fifth born in a family of 10 and her parents are small-scale farmers. For three years, Selinah has been experiencing lower abdominal pains. She was treated for a bacterial infection with no change in symptoms. She has also had several medications from different medical centers. None of them helped, and in the last year her condition has worsened. She can no longer stand comfortably for long because she has pains extending to her lower body. Selinah has challenges getting out of bed due to this pain. Selinah has been diagnosed with leiomyoma and endometrial hyperplasia. If not treated, she is at a risk of endometrial carcinoma and other severe complications like anaemia. Selinah has sought financial support from her congregation, but shared that they are unable to meet the surgery cost because of the number of congregants affected by COVID-19. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $319 to fund Selinah's surgery. On September 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Selinah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Sister Selinah says, “My condition has generally affected my duties and life as a nun. Given treatment, I will be able to do all my day to day duties and be able to develop my congregation. I will continue serving the Lord by helping others where I can.”

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