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Success! Sokha from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract removal surgery.

Sokha
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sokha's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2016.

Photo of Sokha post-operation

January 20, 2017

Sokha underwent successful cataract surgery.

Sokha’s cataract surgery went well for both eyes. After the procedure in each eye, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight bacterial infections. Sokha’s vision has improved.

“I feel very happy that I can see clearly again,” she says. “I can go places and do my work as well. I don’t have to bother others to take care of me anymore.”

Sokha's cataract surgery went well for both eyes. After the procedure in each eye, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight ...

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October 28, 2016

Sokha is a 48-year-old rice farmer. She likes to watch Khmer dramas, the news, and other networks on TV.

Seven months ago, Sokha developed blurred vision, cloudy lenses, and sensitivity to light in both eyes. It became difficult for her to see clearly, do her work, or travel independently. She and her sister traveled to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for further evaluation.

Sokha’s doctors diagnosed her with cataracts, and they recommended surgical intervention. On October 28, she underwent a phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. This procedure should restore her vision to full clarity. The procedure, supplies, drugs, and four days of inpatient care costs $292.

“I hope I will see more clearly,” says Sokha, “so that I can continue my work and go places without needing to bother others to take care of me.”

Sokha’s sister adds, “I hope my sister can see clearly, so that I won’t have to worry about her potential vision loss anymore.”

Sokha is a 48-year-old rice farmer. She likes to watch Khmer dramas, the news, and other networks on TV. Seven months ago, Sokha develop...

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Sokha's Timeline

  • October 28, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sokha was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 28, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokha 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.

  • November 29, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 24, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokha's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 20, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Sokha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.