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

Sothea
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$229
raised
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Fully funded
Sothea's treatment was fully funded on February 4, 2021.

Photo of Sothea post-operation

January 23, 2021

Sothea underwent cataract surgery.

Sothea’s vision surgery went well. He has been discharged home from our medical partner’s hospital with medication and will come back soon for an eye exam appointment. As he continues to heal, Sothea will have improved vision and is happy to get back to work and increased independence in his daily life.

Sothea shared, “I can’t wait to drive my motor bike to work again, and enjoy getting around and traveling by myself.”

Sothea's vision surgery went well. He has been discharged home from our medical partner's hospital with medication and will come back soon f...

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September 22, 2020

Sothea is a 46-year-old who sells vegetables at the market. He is married with two daughters, and his wife also sells vegetables. He enjoys listening to classical music on the radio.

About one year ago, Sothea developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurred vision, tearing, and photophobia. Now he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sothea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours with his wife seeking treatment. On September 22nd, doctors will perform phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sothea said, “I hope I can see easily again so I can drive my motor bike and continue my business selling vegetables with my wife to support our family.”

Sothea is a 46-year-old who sells vegetables at the market. He is married with two daughters, and his wife also sells vegetables. He enjoys ...

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Sothea's Timeline

  • September 22, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sothea was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 22, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sothea 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.

  • September 23, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sothea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sothea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 04, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sothea's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sothea'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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Naw Ree

Naw Ree is a 49-year-old woman from Thailand. Naw Ree has lived by herself in a refugee camp in northern Thailand since 2009. As a camp resident, Naw Ree receives 243 baht (approx. $8 USD) each month from an organization that supports refugee camp residents. She also works as a maternal and child health worker, receiving 900 baht (approx. $30 USD) per month. Naw Ree raises chickens and grows vegetables. Despite receiving free health care services in the camp, Naw Ree is struggling to make ends meet. On December 16th, 2020, Naw Ree went to see a woman who had recently given birth, to remind her about vaccinating her baby on time. After sitting and talking to the woman in her home, Naw Ree stood up to leave but felt light headed and fell. She put out her left hand to stop her fall, and hurt her left arm. She went to the hospital in the camp, run by Malteser International [MI] Thailand, and received pain medication and her arm was put into a sling. The next day, she was referred to Mae Seriang General Hospital for further treatment. At the hospital she received x-rays and the doctor told her that she had fractured one of the bones in her left forearm. She was then referred to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment, but her transfer was delayed for over two weeks due to an outbreak in COVID-19 cases in northern Thailand. Since Naw Ree lives by herself, she has to cook, wash her clothes, and feed her chickens without anyone's help, a difficult feat with her broken arm. Currently, she is in pain but has no fever. She can only fall asleep if she takes pain medication. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Ree will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for January 6th and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Naw Ree will no longer be in pain. She will be able to go back to work as a health worker and she will be able to complete her household chores without pain or discomfort. Naw Ree shared, "My greatest wish is that I recover and that I may be able to use my left arm again."

76% funded

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$1,152raised
$348to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.