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Success! Siv from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery.

Siv
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Siv's treatment was fully funded on April 1, 2021.

Photo of Siv post-operation

March 26, 2021

Siv underwent eye surgery.

Siv had a successful cataract surgery and returned home with his wife to their province. He used eye drops regularly to decrease the risk of infection, and his vision has dramatically improved. Siv is happy that he can see well again and return to work to support his family.

Siv’s wife shared, “I am happy my husband can do things by himself again. We want to say thank you to strangers who donated to help my husband see again.”

Siv had a successful cataract surgery and returned home with his wife to their province. He used eye drops regularly to decrease the risk of...

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January 15, 2021

Siv is a 57-year-old rice farmer who is married and has three sons. His wife is also a rice farmer. Siv enjoys listening to the news on the radio and exercising when he has time.

One year ago, Siv developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Siv learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his wife seeking treatment. On January 15th, 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.

Siv said, “I hope I can see clearly after surgery so I can go to the rice field and help my wife plant rice, drive my motor well, and plant some vegetables around my home to earn more money.”

Siv is a 57-year-old rice farmer who is married and has three sons. His wife is also a rice farmer. Siv enjoys listening to the news on the ...

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Siv's Timeline

  • January 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Siv 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.

  • January 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Siv's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Siv's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Siv's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.