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

Sinon
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Sinon's treatment was fully funded on February 14, 2021.

Photo of Sinon post-operation

February 15, 2021

Sinon underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

With her surgery completed, Sinon is able to go outside, can see more clearly, and recognize her family, which she was not able to do before. She no longer has tearing or itching, and can help her family with farming.

She shared, “I can see better now. I can recognize my own relatives, help with housework, and help my sons take care my grandchildren.”

With her surgery completed, Sinon is able to go outside, can see more clearly, and recognize her family, which she was not able to do before...

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October 15, 2020

Sinon is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia with four sons and five grandchildren. Her husband passed away last year from brain cancer. Sinon shared with us that she enjoys visiting the local pagoda to listen to the monks pray.

Around three years ago, Sinon developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, itching, cloudy lens, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sinon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her son seeking treatment. On October 15th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification 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.

Sinon said, “I hope my surgery will help me improve my vision so I can do work at home and take care of my grandchildren.”

Sinon is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia with four sons and five grandchildren. Her husband passed away last year from brain cancer....

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Sinon's Timeline

  • October 15, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 15, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sinon 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.

  • October 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sinon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sinon's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sinon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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

Bitambaki is a 75-year-old man and a father of five children. Bitambaki shared with us that he did not proceed past Class 6 in school, as he lost his parents when he was young. Currently, he tends to his small banana and coffee plantation to make ends meet. For two years, Bitambaki has struggled with a right inguinal hernia which he has been managing with pain medication. He feels pain from the swell especially when he bends or strains his muscles. He also experiences a burning sensation when passing urine. When his pain became more severe, Bitambaki was advised to visit Nyakibale Hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with a hernia and recommended he undergo repair surgery. The surgery would reduce the chances of complications, such as a strangulated hernia. However, he is not able to meet the cost of his care, especially as he has not been working due to his condition. Bitambaki appeals for financial support. Fortunately, on March 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Bitambaki's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently, and return to full mobility without pain. Bitambaki shared, “I first had a similar swelling on my left side of my inguinal region. After an operation, I was fine. I hope that after this operation, I will have my health restored and can continue with farming.”

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$60raised
$170to go

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