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Success! Saroeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Saroeun
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Saroeun's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2021.

Photo of Saroeun post-operation

November 11, 2021

Saroeun underwent cataract surgery.

Soroeun traveled to our medical partner CSC for his successful surgery. He will have to rest for a few days. So far, he is thrilled with the results. Soroeun said he could tell his eyesight had improved drastically when he was able to open his eye. He will be able to return to fishing and sell his catch at the local market. This will enable him to generate money to support and feed their family.

Soreun said: “I am relieved my eyesight is better. I can fish to support my family and can ride my motorbike again. Thank you for helping Cambodians like me.”

Soroeun traveled to our medical partner CSC for his successful surgery. He will have to rest for a few days. So far, he is thrilled with the...

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August 30, 2021

Saroeun is a 56-year-old fisherman with two daughters, three sons, and three grandchildren. He and his wife go to a local market each day to sell their catch. In his free time he loves to listen to the radio or play with his grandchildren. He also loves to ride his motorbike, however, recent changes in his vision have made this difficult.

Two years ago, Saroeun developed a cataract in his left eye causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Saroeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On August 30th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Saroeun shared, “I hope I can return to work after my vision improves, and work more than before. I want to be able to make more money for my family.”

Saroeun is a 56-year-old fisherman with two daughters, three sons, and three grandchildren. He and his wife go to a local market each day to...

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Saroeun's Timeline

  • August 30, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 30, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saroeun 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.

  • September 1, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saroeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saroeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 11, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saroeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Saroeun'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.