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Sokhorn from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

  • $225 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sokhorn's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2015.

Photo of Sokhorn post-operation

December 23, 2015

Sokhorn received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

After a brief, 40-minute procedure, Sokhorn can see clearly again. In order to ensure that Sokhorn’s successful cataract removal creates long term improvements, “she has been instructed to apply three different ointments and eye drops daily to protect her eye from infection,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, shares.

Sokhorn tells us that her vision is much clearer, and she experiences less pain after the procedure. Along with visiting the pagoda, Sokhorn says looks forward to “cooking food for the monks and easily walking anywhere by myself.”

Sokhorn’s husband adds: “I feel very happy that my wife can see everything clearly again and I am so thankful to the doctors and staff at CSC that helped her receive surgery for her eye.”

After a brief, 40-minute procedure, Sokhorn can see clearly again. In order to ensure that Sokhorn's successful cataract removal creates lon...

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November 16, 2015

Sokhorn is a 58-year-old woman living in Cambodia with her husband, three sons, one daughter, and eight grandchildren. She is a nun at the pagoda, and she “spends her time meditating, cleaning around the pagoda, and reading the Bible,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Sokhorn has cataracts in her left eye, which causes blurred vision, tearing and irritation. Sokhorn is fearful of the sunshine and says “It is hard to see everything clearly so I can not read or go walking anywhere very well.” CSC shares that Sokhorn traveled seven hours with her husband to reach their services.

For $225, Sokhorn’s cataract can be surgically corrected. Cataract surgery is an outpatient surgery and takes about one hour in total. Cataract surgery has high impact for improving visual acuity and improving quality of life.

“I hope my eye can see everything clearer,” Sokhorn says, “so I can help the monks cook food, and I can read letters more clearly.”

Sokhorn is a 58-year-old woman living in Cambodia with her husband, three sons, one daughter, and eight grandchildren. She is a nun at the p...

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Sokhorn's Timeline

  • November 16, 2015

    Sokhorn was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • November 16, 2015

    Sokhorn 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.

  • November 26, 2015

    Sokhorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2015

    Sokhorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2015

    We received an update on Sokhorn. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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Shoh is a 47-year-old man who lives with his wife, two sons, daughter-in-law and two daughters in Nu Poe Refugee Camp in Thailand. In the camp, Shoh and his oldest son are teachers who teach about the Quran for other refugees. They each earn 1,200 baht (approx. 40 USD) per month. His wife is often sick, and his eldest daughter has to look after her at home. His daughter-in-law is a homemaker while his youngest daughter and son are students. Shoh’s household receives 1,110 baht (approx. 37 USD) every month on a cash card to purchase rations in the camp. Their monthly household income is just enough to cover their daily expenses as they also receive free basic health care and education in the camp. Since February 2020, Shoh has had umbilical hearnia. Currently, Shoh’s abdomen pain is not severe but his hernia is still increasing in size. He feels uncomfortable when he walks because of his swollen abdomen. He cannot sleep well and is increasingly worried about his diagnosis. The pain in his abdomen increases when he feels cold, especially at night. Fortunately, on March 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Shoh's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 9th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Shoh said, “I do not want to stop being a teacher. I love teaching the Quran to young children. Also, if I do not teach, I do not earn an income and my family does not have enough income to cover our household expenses.”

81% funded

$285to go

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