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Leap from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Leap
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Leap's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Leap post-operation

March 27, 2020

Leap underwent cataract surgery.

Leap’s operation was very smooth and successful. Surgery has improved Leap’s visual acuity and overall vision, and she can now recognize the faces of all of her children and grandchildren. Doctors gave Leap eye drops, which she will apply at home 8 times daily.

Her son-in-law is very happy that Leap can see again and he won’t have to worry anymore about her anymore.

“I am so happy. I can continue my work at the farm field and visit the market on my own,” Leap shared.

Leap's operation was very smooth and successful. Surgery has improved Leap’s visual acuity and overall vision, and she can now recognize the...

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March 10, 2020

Leap is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons and five daughters, and she enjoys playing and taking care of her ten grandchildren.

One year ago, Leap developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Leap learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 10th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Leap said, “I hope that I can see better and recognize things and will be able to go outside and plant rice again.”

Leap is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons and five daughters, and she enjoys playing and taking care of her ten gran...

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Leap's Timeline

  • March 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 10, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leap 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.

  • March 11, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 27, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Leap. Read the update.

  • December 01, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Leap's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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

Sokhim is a 23-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. He was married five years ago, but now separated and his daughter lives with his ex-wife. Currently, Sokhim lives with his parents who are farmers. In his free time, Sokhim likes to listen to music, sing popular songs, meet with friends, and help his parents around the house. On August 6th, 2020, Sokhim was in a motorcycle accident that caused him severe nerve injury and paralysis of his left arm and hand. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He is unable to lift his hand and he cannot work. After the accident, Sokhim's family took him to a clinic that referred him to a hospital for medical treatment. He was then sent to a government hospital in Phnom Penh for surgery on the clavicle and scapula fracture, where he stayed for one month. Most recently, Sokhim was referred to Children's Surgical Centre for a specialized nerve transfer surgery. It will be complex due to the multiple scars he has on his shoulder and back. On January 20th, Sokhim will undergo the brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use and lift his arm and hand again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this life-changing procedure. Sokhim shared, "I hope that I can get my arm and hand fixed and can do my job as before."

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