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Success! Suon from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to help him see again.

Suon
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Suon's treatment was fully funded on October 5, 2021.

Photo of Suon post-operation

October 13, 2021

Suon underwent cataract surgery to help him see again.

Suon was unsure and nervous about having surgery to improve his eyesight, but the staff put him at ease, and he was thrilled with the results. He will now rest for a few days and hopes to return to his job as a gardener soon. Extra money during uncertain times will help him feed his family and relieve his stress.

Suon’s wife said: “I’m relieved my husband can see everything clearly. He is more independent, and he wants to return to work. He can help me take care of the grandchildren and help around the house when he is free from his work.”

Suon was unsure and nervous about having surgery to improve his eyesight, but the staff put him at ease, and he was thrilled with the result...

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September 20, 2021

Suon is a 51-year-old gardener, but is now unable to work because of his vision. He has one daughter, one son, and three grandchildren. He lives with his wife who takes care of the house. At home, he likes to listen to boxing on the radio.

Four years ago, Suon developed a cataract in his left eye causing him blurry vision and occasional tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Suon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there seeking treatment. On September 20th, 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.

Suon shared, “I hope I can see clearly again. I want to go back to work and drive my moto by myself.”

Suon is a 51-year-old gardener, but is now unable to work because of his vision. He has one daughter, one son, and three grandchildren. He l...

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Suon's Timeline

  • September 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Suon 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 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Suon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Suon's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Suon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Suon'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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$1,084raised
$101to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

James

James is former motorbike taxi driver from Kenya. He's married and is the father of two children 13 and 6 years old. James' wife is works part-time on a rice farm in their hometown. The family currently lives in a rental house paid for by their local church pastor. In November 2017, James was in a motorbike accident. Due to the accident, he lost his job, and he shared that his life became one revolving around experiencing pain and constant hospital visits. He underwent surgery on his broken leg in a nearby health facility in his hometown. Following the procedure he had a challenging recovery due to infections, causing him sleepless nights and visits to different healthcare facilities. James was finally referred to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital where he underwent several treatments in May. James returned home but later came back to the hospital with a wounded leg that was in bad shape with an exposed bone. The doctors originally admitted James for repair surgery, but determined he needed a below-knee amputation which took place in mid-June. James still experiences a lot of pain, so the surgeon recommend he undergo another round of intense debridement in the amputated area to remove his damaged tissue and help him to finally heal. James has national health insurance, which supported his two major surgeries, but his coverage has been depleted and will not support the care he needs now. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping James receive treatment. On June 25th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to prevent the spread of infection and speed up his recovery. Now, James needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. James wishes to be free from pain, “I, unfortunately, lost my leg due to a sudden amputation, and I am still in shock. I will never be able to use both legs again. I am still in a lot of pain and the wound needs another procedure for me to be well. I need to get out of the hospital and figure out how to take care of my family with my current condition.”

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