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

Sokhom
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Sokhom's treatment was fully funded on July 15, 2021.

Photo of Sokhom post-operation

July 1, 2021

Sokhom underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Sokhom is thrilled that her eyesight has improved from her surgery at CSC. The success of the surgery means she can be more independent and be able to return to her job as a fish seller. Sokhom looks forward to visiting her neighborhood pagoda, chasing after her grandchildren, and helping her daughter around the house.

Sokhom is optimistic, “I feel so much better now that I can see better. I can recognize my relatives, and help support my family again. Thank you to CSC for your help.”

Sokhom is thrilled that her eyesight has improved from her surgery at CSC. The success of the surgery means she can be more independent and ...

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May 18, 2021

Sokhom is a 60-year-old fish seller with three daughters and six grandchildren. Sokhom lives with her eldest daughter who also sells fish. Nowadays, Sokhom stays home and cares for her grandchildren. She also enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

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

When Sokhom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On May 18th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sokhom shared, “I hope I feel comfortable with my vision so I can get around outside on my own, do my housework, and help my daughter take care of her children.”

Sokhom is a 60-year-old fish seller with three daughters and six grandchildren. Sokhom lives with her eldest daughter who also sells fish. N...

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Sokhom's Timeline

  • May 18, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 18, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokhom 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 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokhom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokhom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokhom's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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