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Success! San from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery.

San
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
San's treatment was fully funded on September 30, 2022.

Photo of San post-operation

October 5, 2022

San underwent cataract surgery.

San knew his vision had gradually deteriorated but didn’t realize how much until he was able to take his bandage off the day following surgery. Although it will take several weeks for him to see the full improvements from the surgery, the cataract removal has already improved his vision. When his eye has healed completely his visual acuity will allow him to resume his daily activities, which include visiting his family and visiting the local pagoda to pray with the monks.

San said: “I am grateful to the staff and the donors who have made my life easier now that I can see better. I look forward to taking walks with my wife to visit our family in my village now that I am not afraid to walk outside by myself. Thank you for making me very happy.”

San knew his vision had gradually deteriorated but didn't realize how much until he was able to take his bandage off the day following surge...

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May 9, 2022

San is a rice farmer who lives with his wife nearby their two sons, five daughters, and three grandchildren, all of whom are farmers too. San likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio, and to join in ceremonies at the pagoda.

About one year ago, San developed a cataract in his right eye, which causes him to have blurry vision and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and he is worried about falling when walking, which makes him hesitant to go places on his own.

When San learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours to seek treatment. On May 9th, doctors will perform cataract surgery, and will implant an intraocular lens in his right eye. After recovery, San will be able to enjoy the colors all around him, see the faces of his children clearly, while feeling safe to venture out on his own. Children’s Surgical Centre is seeking help to fund this $253 procedure.

San says: “I hope I can see well after surgery. I want to see my children’s faces clearly and get around easily on my own.”

San is a rice farmer who lives with his wife nearby their two sons, five daughters, and three grandchildren, all of whom are farmers too. Sa...

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San's Timeline

  • May 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    San 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.

  • May 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    San's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    San's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    San's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for San's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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.