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Success! Srey from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

Srey
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Srey's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2021.

Photo of Srey post-operation

January 14, 2022

Srey underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

Srey had expected that she would have limited vision for the rest of her life. After her surgery, she was amazed at how well her vision has improved. She will rest for a few days, and apply eye drops to aid in healing. Her vision will continue to improve over the next few weeks. She is thrilled that she will be able to go outside again and help her children with the farm.

Srey’s daughter said: “we are happy that my mother’s eyesight will improve. She can help around the house, and take care of the grandchildren. Thank you to the people who helped my mother have a good life; she already is much happier now.”

Srey had expected that she would have limited vision for the rest of her life. After her surgery, she was amazed at how well her vision has ...

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December 1, 2021

Srey is a 66-year-old rice farmer. She shared that her husband passed away many years ago. Srey has three daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren and lives with her oldest daughter, who works as a farmer. When she is not taking care of her family, Srey likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Srey developed a cataract in her left eye, causing photophobia and blurry vision. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside.

When Srey learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled there seeking treatment. On December 1st, surgeons will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund Srey’s procedure.

Srey shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I can help my daughter to take care of grandchildren and go to the pagoda again.”

Srey is a 66-year-old rice farmer. She shared that her husband passed away many years ago. Srey has three daughters, five sons, and many gra...

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Srey's Timeline

  • December 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Srey 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.

  • December 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srey's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Srey'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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$55raised
$665to go

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