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Success! Soy from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can be independent.

Soy
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Soy's treatment was fully funded on September 17, 2021.

Photo of Soy post-operation

August 9, 2021

Soy underwent cataract surgery so she can be independent.

Soy traveled to our medical partner CSC to have her cataract surgery. All went well and her eyesight has already improved. She’ll be able to cook again, travel to visit her family, and visit the local pagodas to worship.

Soy said: “I am so relieved my eyesight is better. After so many years, I thought I would be blind in my left eye. Thank you to the surgeons who improved my eyesight, and to each person who helped to pay for my surgery.”

Soy traveled to our medical partner CSC to have her cataract surgery. All went well and her eyesight has already improved. She'll be able to...

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July 19, 2021

Soy is a 67-year-old woman who has three sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. She has lived alone since her husband passed away 15 years ago. All of her children are garment workers in and around the capital city of Phnom Penh. Soy spends most of her time cooking, visiting with friends, and attending religious ceremonies.

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

When Soy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On July 19th, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and a lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Soy shares, “I hope after surgery I can be more independent and go anywhere I like by myself.”

Soy is a 67-year-old woman who has three sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. She has lived alone since her husband passed away 15 ...

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Soy's Timeline

  • July 19, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 19, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Soy 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.

  • July 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Soy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Soy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Soy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.