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Success! Srim from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Srim
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Srim's treatment was fully funded on June 7, 2021.

Photo of Srim post-operation

April 5, 2021

Srim underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Srim had a successful cataract surgery and has returned to his province. After a post-op course of antibiotic drops, he is able to see clearly again. Srim has now returned to working in the field with his wife to plant crops so that he can support his family. He is happiest about being independent again; he feels good and can go outside without experiencing any of the symptoms he had previously.

Srim’s wife shared, “I am so happy my husband can see well so he can help me plant crops. I no longer worry about his eye or his vision.”

Srim had a successful cataract surgery and has returned to his province. After a post-op course of antibiotic drops, he is able to see clear...

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March 8, 2021

Srim is a 46-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has one daughter and one son, and both Srim and his wife are farmers. These days, Srim has not been able to work on the farm because of his declining vision. However, he is still able to plant vegetables around his home. In his free time, he enjoys watching Khmer boxing on TV with his neighbor.

Three years ago, Srim developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to experience photophobia, blurry vision, and tearing. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Srim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours with his wife seeking treatment. On March 8th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, Srim needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Srim shared with us, “I hope after surgery I can see well so I go back to planting rice and earn money to support my family.”

Srim is a 46-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has one daughter and one son, and both Srim and his wife are farmers. These days, Srim has no...

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Srim's Timeline

  • March 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Srim 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.

  • March 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 5, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srim'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 Srim'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.