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Success! Sen from Cambodia raised $425 to fund cataract surgery on both eyes.

Sen
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  • $425 raised, $0 to go
$425
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sen's treatment was fully funded on April 30, 2020.

Photo of Sen post-operation

February 2, 2020

Sen underwent cataract surgery on both eyes.

Sen and her family have returned home to their village in Kampong Cham Province. The doctors performed a successful operation on one of Sen’s eyes, and Sen will return again in a few weeks for surgery on her other eye. Sen’s son is so glad that her mother underwent surgery, and that she can see everything clearly again and no longer worries about the threat of vision loss.

“I feel so happy that my eyes can see everything clearly again, much better than before. Now, I can continue my work at the rice farm.” she said.

Sen and her family have returned home to their village in Kampong Cham Province. The doctors performed a successful operation on one of Sen'...

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January 13, 2020

Sen is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons and two daughters, and when she is not working she enjoys looking after her seven grandchildren.

Five months ago, Sen developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sen learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On January 14th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure.

“I hope that I will be able to look after my grandchildren and plant some vegetables nearby the house,” Sen said.

Sen is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons and two daughters, and when she is not working she enjoys looking after he...

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Sen's Timeline

  • January 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sen was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 14, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sen received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 16, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 02, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 30, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sen's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Sen's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$257
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.