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

Savoun
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Savoun's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2021.

Photo of Savoun post-operation

January 10, 2022

Savoun underwent sight-restoring surgery.

Savoun had successful surgery and she is very pleased with the outcome and how she is feeling now! She’ll rest for a few days, and apply eye drops frequently to aid in healing and prevent infection. Now that she has been treated, she can be more independent, and won’t be hesitant to walk outside. Savoun’s children and grandchildren are grateful that she is much happier.

Savoun said: “It is easier to walk places now that I can see better. I am so grateful that I am able to go back to my life. I can cook for my grandchildren and help my husband with the farm. Thank you to the CSC staff and to the people who helped me to have this operation.”

Savoun had successful surgery and she is very pleased with the outcome and how she is feeling now! She'll rest for a few days, and apply eye...

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November 24, 2021

Savoun is a 76-year-old grandmother. She lives with her husband and her oldest daughter, who works as a farmer. Savoun and her husband have three sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. Due to her age, Savoun can no longer go to the farm and likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Savoun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing photophobia, blurred vision, and tearing. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside.

When Savoun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 24th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund Savoun’s procedure.

Savoun shared, “After surgery, I hope my eye can see better. I want to visit pagodas in farther places and be able to recognize my relatives.”

Savoun is a 76-year-old grandmother. She lives with her husband and her oldest daughter, who works as a farmer. Savoun and her husband have ...

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Savoun's Timeline

  • November 24, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 24, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Savoun 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 24, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savoun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Savoun's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Savoun'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 Savoun'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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79% funded

79%funded
$1,198raised
$302to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Nyo

Nyo is a 58-year-old woman. She and her husband are agricultural day laborers, but Nyo had to stop working two years ago due to poor vision. Since COVID-19 led to lockdowns in April 2020, her husband only receives work from his employer when there is a worker shortage so their income has been very limited. Nyo shared that she likes to meditate with prayer beads and listen to the news about her homeland Myanmar and music on the radio. Nyo is experiencing a cataract in her right eye. She can only see shadows, and the vision in her right eye is worsening. As a result, she cannot do household chores, and her husband has to help her to eat and guide her to the bathroom. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Nyo receive treatment. On January 4th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Nyo’s natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund Nyo’s procedure. Nyo shared, “If I can’t work or I can’t see, I will have to beg to eat because my husband cannot work. My husband and I were so happy to learn that an organization will help pay for the cost of my treatment. We are thankful to the donors and BCMF.” Nyo added, “When I have money, I want to open a small dry foods shop in my house. This way, when my husband and I are no longer able to continue to work as day laborers because of our age, we can chose a way to earn extra money while staying at home.”

79% funded

79%funded
$1,198raised
$302to go