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Success! Samai from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

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

Photo of Samai post-operation

June 24, 2021

Samai underwent cataract surgery and is back to work.

After a successful cataract surgery, Samai will take it easy for a few days and instill eye drops to aid in the healing process. He is relieved that he can now see better, and will return to his job as a motor-taxi driver. Samai loves caring for his grandchildren, and is ecstatic now that he is able to see their faces clearly once again. He looks forward to being able to see the news on TV in addition to hearing it.

His wife said she is so happy that Samai is more independent: “He can earn money to help support the family, and his vision has improved greatly.”

After a successful cataract surgery, Samai will take it easy for a few days and instill eye drops to aid in the healing process. He is relie...

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May 13, 2021

Samai is a 62-year-old motor taxi driver. He has six daughters, six sons, and many grandchildren. Samai lives with his wife. Nowadays, Samai stays home and helps to take care of his grandchildren. He likes to listen to the news and to the monks praying on the radio.

Five years ago, Samai developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Samai learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his daughter seeking treatment. On May 13th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Samai said, “I hope after surgery my eye can see better so I can drive my motor taxi again to support my family.”

Samai is a 62-year-old motor taxi driver. He has six daughters, six sons, and many grandchildren. Samai lives with his wife. Nowadays, Samai...

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Samai's Timeline

  • May 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samai 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 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samai's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.